Overwatch is finally abandoning loot box sales, and while we’ve known it for a while, we now have a confirmed end date.
As Blizzard prepares to move from Overwatch to Overwatch 2, you may have seen that the final event in the original game has begun. Titled “Overwatch Anniversary Remix: Vol.3”, it will be available from August 9-30, and although you can earn “Anniversary Loot Crates” for participating in it, official Overwatch website (opens in a new tab) issued this disclaimer:
“Loot Crates will no longer be available for purchase after the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event ends on August 30.”
However, loot boxes can still be earned through other means, such as by leveling up and playing Arcade mode. Just remember that when the sequel goes live in Early Access on October 4, this system will be replaced with the new Overwatch 2 Battle Pass. As a result, any previously earned Loot Crates will be automatically opened and added to your inventory.
The end is in sight
It’s been three years since Overwatch 2’s 2019 release on Blizzcon, but Blizzard has only detailed what to expect over the past few months. It was clear that Overwatch 1 had no future after Overwatch 2 launched in October, and instead of releasing two separate games, this sequel essentially appears as a major update, completely rewriting the original release.
We’re in the middle of a long goodbye to Overwatch 1, and thanks to Overwatch 2’s two public beta tests, we saw what to expect. Maps like Temple of Anubis and Hanamura will not be rotated on a regular basis – only available in Custom Games – matches go from 6 to 6 to 5 to 5, with three new heroes coming on release, including Sojourn and Junker Queen. When the sequel fully launches, expect PvE as well.
Still, if you want to celebrate Overwatch 1 ahead of October, the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 is your best chance. Overwatch Archive Missions and Challenge Missions return, new legendary new skin colors appear, and all the old seasonal events return for the last time. It’s for sure it’s a fitting farewell to the original Blizzard heroes shooter.