Overwatch microtransaction prices revealed

If you don't want to wait to get loot boxes, then buy a few.

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If you have been playing - or trying to play - Overwatch since it launched, you've been getting loot crates as you level up. If you don't want to wait, Blizzard has unveiled the pricing for getting more cosmetic loot quickly.

Here's how much impatience will cost you:

  • 2 loot boxes: $2 / £1.69 / €2
  • 5 loot boxes: $5 / £4 / €5
  • 11 loot boxes: $10 / £8 / €10
  • 24 loot boxes: $20 / £16 / €20
  • 50 loot boxes: $40 / £33 / €40

Each loot box will include up to four new skins, voice lines, animations, and sprays.

Be sure to keep up with our Overwatch coverage as it happens, including all the guides and how-tos.

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    May 24, 2016 7:20 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Overwatch microtransaction prices revealed

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      May 24, 2016 7:32 AM

      so far from what i've seen the loot boxes are pretty worthless. $40 for 50... sure.

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        May 24, 2016 7:58 AM

        I think everyone knows that Blizzard is only doing this to focus on the people who have "catch them all" syndrome and already spend hundreds of dollars on microtransactions in other games.

        It isn't for the people who don't give a shit about cosmetic stuff. I think Blizzard is doing the right thing here because it will hopefully fund the game for quite awhile long past release. They don't want a paid DLC model that fractures the player base.

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          May 24, 2016 9:03 AM

          Yeah, it works for me, way better than the Hearthstone or HotS approach IMO. You can play both of those totally for free and earn gold to buy stuff, but it takes fucking forever.

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            May 24, 2016 9:24 AM

            Over 900 hours to unlock everything without using any coins, someone calculated.

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          May 24, 2016 9:26 AM

          Yeah, it seems silly these days to make a game that doesn't provide a way for whales to throw money at them. Even if it's less than a hundred of them out of a million players, they'll still see some major bank from it.

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          May 24, 2016 9:53 AM

          but don't they already have enough $$$? give us something for free. they owe it to us

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        May 24, 2016 8:21 AM

        Yeah I spent $10 for a dozen boxes or whatever and wasn't impressed. No need to spend money on this.

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          May 24, 2016 9:20 AM

          I got 2 for playing. do you get one for each level?

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            May 24, 2016 9:22 AM

            You get them fairly often. I got one even when I didn't level. Not sure how it works.

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              May 24, 2016 12:18 PM

              Pretty sure you get them for in-game achievements along with levelling.

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          May 24, 2016 9:53 AM

          what were you hoping to get?

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        May 24, 2016 8:22 AM

        they will be forgiven for having microtransactions, unlike most microtransaction games around here

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          May 24, 2016 9:46 AM

          They wouldn't be if the boxes included guns, power ups, or benefits to game play. We'd be pissed. They don't, and as with the WoW micro stuff, mounts and pets, it doesn't interfere with anything.

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            May 24, 2016 9:49 AM

            i'm not so sure i agree with the reference to WoW.

            yesterday i bought from the WoW store a token that gave me:
            - level 100
            - two maxed professions
            - maxed cooking
            - a whole bunch of good
            - complete set of gear

            seems pretty gameplay benefitting to me. if this isn't "pay 2 win" then what is?

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              May 24, 2016 9:52 AM

              Yeah, I spaced that. It's hard to compare that boost to Overwatch though right? Obviously if that package of improvement could be applied to Overwatch, where gear or weapons would be theoretically helpful, people indeed would be pissed.

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                May 24, 2016 9:56 AM

                WoW isn't directly competitive which makes a big difference. i don't think we'll see P2W items on the Overwatch store. i'm no john titor and anything is possible, but i think blizzard is smart enough to keep that out of a competitive game

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              May 24, 2016 9:58 AM

              Because you don't win shit doing that. You're just paying to skip questing/leveling, which IIRC, you don't like doing in the first place.

              Now, if you could pay to get raid geared or high end PvP stuff, I'd agree.

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                May 24, 2016 10:03 AM

                are those not part of the gameplay? royalally was talking about any DLC item with "benefits to gameplay." i'm the one that brought up the term "win."

                imo the real difference here is that WoW isn't considered a competitive game. Overwatch obviously is. it's more important that the playing field be level with Overwatch

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                  May 24, 2016 10:15 AM

                  pretty sure pay2win refers to paying 2 have a benefit over human competition. everything you got was can be obtained completely from playing the game without any human interaction whatsoever.

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                    May 24, 2016 10:45 AM

                    Yeah, I've always felt like "Pay to win" means over other people. A game offering a way to skip a bunch of gameplay isn't P2W, but I don't understand why anyone would do that.

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                      May 24, 2016 10:53 AM

                      i've killed two thousand human players and counting since my pally's boost. that's not really relevant though, you guys are missing the point. royalally suggested we'd be mad if these boxes contained anything with benefits to game play at all and mentioned WoW as an example. i mentioned that actually WoW does have things you can buy with benefits to gameplay, and also suggested that i don't think Overwatch will have this because the games are different. you guys went off on a tangent about a term that royalally didn't even use

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        May 24, 2016 8:45 AM

        Um getting to be a fucking Gundam and shooting rockets is what I need.

        I Need coins!!!

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      May 24, 2016 9:19 AM

      Was this announced beforehand? Pretty shit to charge up front and include microtransactions.

      Still, they're done in a fairly inoffensive way so it's not too bad.

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        May 24, 2016 9:28 AM

        I think I remember them being up front with microtransactions early in closed beta or something. It isn't a surprise for most that followed the news on Overwatch.

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          May 24, 2016 9:34 AM

          Yeah, I didn't follow news on it very closely. I never saw them saying there wouldn't be any. To be fair I'd much rather they did this than do some map pack bullshit

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            May 24, 2016 9:39 AM

            Yeah, cosmetic-only is the way to go when it comes to microtransactions. I never liked it when they provided experience boosts, leveling boosts, mounts, etc. for people that have a lot more disposable income than me.

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        May 24, 2016 9:32 AM

        It's all cosmetic shit that you don't really need anyway. If you just play the game it'll eventually unlock naturally.

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        May 24, 2016 9:39 AM

        it's just literally boxes of skins and sprays. there is no need to ever buy them because you can earn them forever in game as fast as you want

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          May 24, 2016 9:47 AM

          I know, I did say it was done in an inoffensive way.

          On principle though, if I'm paying up front for a game I don't expect it to have microtransactions. Thats not the reality a lot of times these days, but I'm not gonna give anyone a free pass and not call it bullshit.

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        May 24, 2016 10:33 AM

        Would you rather have junk like this that doesn't matter, or have to pay for heroes and map packs later?

        They've promised the latter as free updates for everyone. I have absolutely no reason to complain about paid cosmetics. I wish every shooter out there would do the same.

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          May 24, 2016 10:48 AM

          Obviously not, I've said above this is clearly better than map packs. Just because something isn't as bad as most, doesn't make it automatically good though.

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            May 24, 2016 12:16 PM

            It doesn't affect you, the (crazy) people out there that want to buy them can, and Blizzard makes $. I'm not seeing a problem.

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        May 24, 2016 10:51 AM

        The shop button was there in closed beta. We knew boxes for sale were coming, just not the price.

        They drop very regularly, buying them seems mostly like a shortcut to epics and legendaries that you might want

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        May 24, 2016 8:48 PM

        Any time you see "loot box" type mechanic in a game it is going to be followed with microtransactions. There is really no other reason to do it.

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      May 24, 2016 9:55 AM

      Buying loot boxes is such a terrible thing to spend money on. If you could specifically buy skins that would be one thing, but spending money to essentially roll the dice is lame. I knew if I bought a pack of these I'd end up with a ton of sprays and taunts or whatever, sprays are only fun when they are user created like TF2

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        May 24, 2016 10:50 AM

        It's contrary to how they do it in Heroes. I don't see why it would have been bad/wrong to keep the free stuff random in the loot crates, but be able to play for specific items. Or, okay, fine, even have split tiers. Free stuff is meh to just ok. Paid stuff is super cool.

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      May 24, 2016 9:56 AM

      My friend bought 1000 boxes. Ridiculous

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        May 24, 2016 10:12 AM

        Whales are real!

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        May 24, 2016 10:12 AM

        You should thank him for funding the next round of DLC content that everyone will get for free.

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        May 24, 2016 10:29 AM

        Wow ok. There are 21 characters. Each has 54 unlockables. Thats 1,134 total items to unlock. He still needs more!

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          May 24, 2016 10:30 AM

          oh wait. That'll give him 4,000 items. What does it give you outside of that? Oh hmm. Currency forgot about that.

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            May 24, 2016 10:46 AM

            But what does currency do outside of unlock those things? If you unlocked them all via boxes, wouldn't the current be pointless?

            • Zek legacy 10 years
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              May 24, 2016 12:00 PM

              They'll keep adding more skins naturally so having a stash of currency means easy purchases of specific items.

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          May 24, 2016 10:52 AM

          Holy shit

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          May 24, 2016 10:54 AM

          That has to get you everything right? Or enough currency to buy what you don't get in the boxes?

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            May 24, 2016 10:55 AM

            Yep, duplicates gives you coins to buy stuff so whatever he doesn't have by 1k boxes he can buy.

            Sad thing I got duplicate item on box 2 :(

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              May 24, 2016 10:59 AM

              I've gotten one duplicate in like the 8 boxes I've opened so far.

              How many items are there to unlock?

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        May 24, 2016 10:57 AM

        1000 boxes??? Wtf that's like 500 dollars right?

        50boxes=40.00

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          May 24, 2016 10:59 AM

          $800

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          May 24, 2016 10:59 AM

          And now we all know why Blizzard put that in there.

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            May 24, 2016 11:25 AM

            Still cheaper than the bloody river effect in Dota 2. Gotta give whales something to spend money on

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        May 24, 2016 10:58 AM

        Is there an open all button, because that's going to take for fucking ever.

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          May 24, 2016 11:05 AM

          likely not, guessing hearthstone style. they want the people to open each one separately to get all the feeling of the pixels each time.

          I opened both of my boxes individually.

          LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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            May 24, 2016 10:02 PM

            in hearthstone, pressing the space bar auto opens the pack, then next pack when the "done" button appears.

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          May 24, 2016 12:25 PM

          Oh god, the repetitive stress injury

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            May 24, 2016 1:01 PM

            Nah, he'll just pay his maid to do it for him while he goes to watch a movie.

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        May 24, 2016 10:59 AM

        lmao

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        May 24, 2016 11:48 AM

        Thank god he's won Overwatch and can concentrate immediately on the end-game content - playing 3d model dress-up in the Hero Gallery.

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        May 24, 2016 11:51 AM

        in case anyone was still wondering why companies like to include microtransactions

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          May 24, 2016 12:13 PM

          Yep, it just makes too much sense to give the whales something to spend on. It's easy, fast money.

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        May 24, 2016 10:00 PM

        that's it? i've spent more than that on marvel heroes and hearthstone separately.

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      May 24, 2016 9:56 AM

      Once I got in, it was smooth as silk

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      May 24, 2016 11:39 AM

      I played very little of the beta, is there any way to earn loot boxes other than leveling up?

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        May 24, 2016 11:50 AM

        IIRC they give you one per week for winning a game of that week's arcade mode (a la Hearthstone.)

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      May 24, 2016 11:48 AM

      Wait, it's a full price game WITH microtransactions? lol

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        May 24, 2016 11:50 AM

        it has one transaction that in no way impacts your ability to play

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        May 24, 2016 11:59 AM

        Does t affect the game in anyway, just like Dota you can play with no dlc/additional content.

      • Zek legacy 10 years
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        May 24, 2016 12:01 PM

        This is basically every full price multiplayer game now. Free money, no reason for a developer not to do it. The good ones will make it cosmetic-only like this.

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        May 24, 2016 12:04 PM

        let's pretend it's 2004 and we're having the first conversations about paid DLC all over again

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          May 24, 2016 12:26 PM

          While willfully forgetting expansion packs.

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            May 24, 2016 12:32 PM

            yeah that was basically how the DLC conversations went too

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        May 24, 2016 12:39 PM

        where have you been the last 5 years?

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      May 24, 2016 1:02 PM

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        May 24, 2016 1:05 PM

        You can use it. I got a legendary gold drop last night and spent it on a POTG animation

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        May 24, 2016 1:13 PM

        Go to Hero Gallery. Pick a hero. Buy stuff with credits.

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        May 24, 2016 1:16 PM

        Don't waste coins when you are low levels currently. Almost every other match you level up and get a loot crate, so why spend gold on something you might get out of a box.

        Once people hit level 30-50+ it will take you a while to level up then people will start spending coins.

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          May 24, 2016 1:33 PM

          I was going to say the same thing. I could see an argument for picking up cosmetics for your choice character or perhaps a very rare one if you really want it, but in general, I'm going to hold on to them for awhile.

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          May 24, 2016 1:36 PM

          Yeah, if you're going to be the kind of person who wants the cosmetic options and what not, you're probably in for at least 30+ levels anyways, so why not wait?

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          May 24, 2016 10:02 PM

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            May 24, 2016 10:29 PM

            You could just save up credits to buy everything you don't already have!

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        May 24, 2016 9:02 PM

        As others have said, it's not real clear, but you just choose an item in the Hero area of your main menu, and if you have enough coins, click Unlock on the right hand side.

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      May 24, 2016 10:23 PM

      Now we get to pay full price for a free to play style game. Awesome!

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