After six years, Overwatch is finally abandoning 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, it kicks off one last event for the original game. Calling this the ‘Overwatch Anniversary Remix: Vol.3’, which runs from August 9th to 30th. While you can earn ‘Anniversary Loot Boxes’ for participating, Blizzard has issued this disclaimer:
“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. You can still earn these loot boxes by other means like leveling up and playing Arcade mode for sure. When the sequel releases on October 4, this system will be replaced with a new Overwatch 2 Battle Pass, so any unopened loot boxes will automatically be opened and added to your inventory.
the end is in sight
It’s been several years since the reveal of Overwatch 2 at Blizzcon 2019, but we’ve only learned more about it in recent months. Blizzard has made it clear that Overwatch 1 has no future after Overwatch 2 launches in October, and the sequel essentially arrives as a major update, entirely rewriting the original release.
As such, we’re in the midst of a long goodbye to Overwatch 1, and thanks to two public beta tests of Overwatch 2, we have a great idea of what to expect. Maps like Temple of Anubis and Hanamura won’t be in regular rotation – only available through custom games – matches are shifting from 6v6 to 5v5, and there are three new heroes at launch, including Sojourn and Junker Queen.
Still, if you want to celebrate Overwatch 1 before October 4th, Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 is your best chance. Overwatch Archives Quests and Challenge Quests, there’s a new set of Legendary skin recolors, and all the old seasonal events are also making a comeback for the last time. It’s a fitting send-off for Blizzard’s original hero shooter.