Overwatch: Loot box item drop rates, probabilities confirmed by Blizzard

08 May, 2017, 12:52 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • 'Overwatch' Lootbox Chances: Chinese law forces Blizzard to reveal probability

According to a report by Gameranx, the law is meant to ensure that consumers know exactly what they are paying for. Seems like we're just gonna have to live with loot boxes, though, because they're clearly not going anywhere any time soon.

In terms of percentages: loot boxes have an 18.2% chance of dropping an epic item, and a 7.4% chance of dropping a legendary item.

Apparently, the odds for acquiring the three item rarities in Overwatch were disclosed back in March through Blizzard China.

At least now Overwatch players will know how many Loot Boxes they will need to open in order to get hold of shiny items.

Anyhow, loot boxes as a concept are still a point of contention for many players.

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If you didn't know, the Chinese government has actually imposed laws for online games regarding the drop rates of Online loot box based games. The numbers also don't differentiate between duplicate items or epic/legendary in-game currency drops. As in Overwatch, both types of blind-bag items can be acquired both by paying and by playing.

For the record, these numbers probably don't apply outside of China; Blizzard is only revealing them due to the legal requirement. At least one of the items is guaranteed to be Rare or above in each box, but the Epic and Legendary items most people grind for aren't almost as frequent as the Rares. They're cheap, often unsatisfying casino thrills sloppily spread atop games with otherwise rewarding mechanics, and odds don't tell the full story when, say, you get multiple repeats of skins you already have.

According to the official Chinese Overwatch site (translated by Reddit user Bata12), every loot box has one rare or better item, one in every 5.5 loot boxes has an epic item, and one in every 13.5 loot boxes has a legendary item.

Odds for golden cards were not disclosed.

Activision Blizzard is the first company to comply with the new Chinese regulations, but more are sure to follow.


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