Overwatch 2 director promises players “actual agency” instead of more loot boxes

In a recent interview, Overwatch 2 director Aaron Keller defended Blizzard Entertainment’s decision to ditch the loot box system in favor of a more modern “item shop” system.

Overwatch 2 recently had a huge reveal event that gave fans a ton of new information about Blizzard Entertainment’s new hero shooter.

After the live event, Overwatch 2 Director Aaron Keller gave interviews where he discussed many of the upcoming changes to Overwatch 2, including the decision to remove loot boxes.

Now, Keller has defended the decision to move away from the loot box system in favor of a more modern in-game store system.

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The reveal event gave fans a bunch of new information, like the debut of new tank hero Junker Queen.

The interview in question is from publication GameSpot, which sat down with Keller for just over 25 minutes.

Keller addressed many different talking points, including how the development team believes Overwatch 2 is more than just an update to the original Overwatch.

In the early part of the interview, however, Keller expands on the revelation that Overwatch 2 is doing away with the series’ long-held loot box system.

When asked about the decision to retire from loot boxes, Keller said, “Loot boxes… they’ve always been a part of Overwatch 1, but as the game has grown – especially as we move into a free-to-play version of the game… it’s going to be a lot harder to earn what you want with a loot box system.”

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“By losing [that system] and moving to a store for Overwatch 2 gives players real agency and choice in what they want in the game.”

Keller then spoke about Overwatch 2’s battle pass system, which he claims is the next thing that will entice players to keep coming back to the game.

It’s worth noting, however, that Keller confirmed that Overwatch 2’s Battle Pass “will hit many of the same points” as Overwatch 1’s progression system.

For many, removing loot boxes in favor of the less random item shop monetization model will be a welcome change in Overwatch 2, but for now fans will just have to wait and see how Blizzard implements it.

https://www.dexerto.com/overwatch/overwatch-2-director-promises-agency-instead-of-loot-boxes-1851183/ Overwatch 2 director promises players “actual agency” instead of more loot boxes

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