Overwatch is finally dropping loot box sales, and while we’ve known this will be for some time, we now have a confirmed end date.
As Blizzard prepares to transition from Overwatch to Overwatch 2, you may have seen a final event for the original game. Calling this ‘Overwatch Anniversary Remix: Vol.3’, which runs from August 9th to 30th and while you can earn ‘Anniversary Loot Boxes’ for participating, the Overwatch official website (opens in new tab) issued this notice:
“Loot Boxes will no longer be available for sale after the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event ends on August 30th.”
However, loot boxes can still be obtained through other means, such as leveling up and playing Arcade mode. Please be aware that when the sequel launches into Early Access on October 4, this system will be replaced with a new Overwatch 2 Battle Pass. As a result, all previously obtained loot crates will automatically be opened and added to your inventory.
the end is in sight
It’s been three years since the reveal of Overwatch 2 at Blizzcon 2019, but Blizzard has only detailed what to expect from them in recent months. It’s become clear that Overwatch 1 has no future after Overwatch 2’s October release, and rather than releasing two separate games, this sequel essentially arrives as a major update, entirely rewriting the original release.
So, we’re in the midst of a long goodbye to Overwatch 1 and thanks to two public beta tests of Overwatch 2, we’ve seen what to expect. Maps like Temple of Anubis and Hanamura won’t be in regular rotation – only available in custom games – matches are changing from 6v6 to 5v5, there are three new heroes at launch including Sojourn and Junker Queen. When the sequel is fully released, expect PvE as well.
Still, if you want to celebrate Overwatch 1 before October, Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 is your best chance. Overwatch Archive Quests and Challenge Quests are back, there are new legendary skin colors, and all the old seasonal events are returning for the last time. Admittedly, it’s a fitting send-off for Blizzard’s original hero shooter.