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Overwatch Loot Box Drop Rate Has Not Changed, Blizzard Says

Jeff Kaplan nixes claims that players are getting significantly less skins and legendaries.


Overwatch is currently celebrating its Year of the Rooster event, and while many players continue to enjoy the game and accept whatever loot boxes they get, a growing number of players have complained that the drop rates for goodies had significantly changed from previous events. Not so, Blizzard said.

Game Director Jeff Kaplan dropped into a rather long thread on the topic on the official forums to say the status quo has been maintained. "The drop rates for Summer Games, Halloween Terror, Winter Wonderland and Year of the Rooster are all the same," he told players. The assurance has calmed the storm somewhat, but those if have been unlucky with the RNG still are not convinced.

A couple sites have done a few rather unscientific surveys on the issue. A Forbes writer purchased 100 boxes and found the drop rates about the same as the Winter Wonderland event from December. PCGamesN watched boxes opened by various game streamers, noting that drops varied from event to event. Blizzard has kept mum on what the drop rate exactly is, so everything is just a matter of speculation outside of Kaplan's word.

If you haven't been on top of the loot drops for the new event, we outlined them in a video when the event went live late last month.

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    February 15, 2017 10:20 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Overwatch Loot Box Drop Rate Has Not Changed, Blizzard Says

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      February 15, 2017 10:26 AM

      good I wondered about that.

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      February 15, 2017 10:29 AM


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      February 15, 2017 10:43 AM

      The drop rates might be the same but I'm sure the proportion of garbage to quality items was higher for the New Year and Summer events. If you have an equal likelihood of getting every item and there are twenty sprays and player icons for every legendary you 'aint gonna see many.

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      February 15, 2017 12:49 PM

      I typically have bad luck during events where I'm getting regular legendaries and nothing to do with the event. Not the worst thing to happen, but annoying nonetheless, when having the time to play is a premium in itself.

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