Overwatch Gets Major Improvements To Loot Box And "Highlight" Systems

by Craig Taylor on Jun 22, 2017 at 01:57 PM

In a developer update, Blizzard addressed some of the gripes Overwatch players have had with the game's loot box and highlight features.

The Overwatch team added a new "Recently Captured" tab to the Highlights menu, where players would previously go to see what the game thought were their best plays from their last five matches. Now, you can bind a key to record up to 32 of your own highlights.

On console, these clips can be downloaded to the system's native media library. On PC, highlights can be downloaded and output in 4K, 60 frames-per-second on any computer, regardless of its specs.

Loot boxes are also seeing significant improvements. Blizzard has "drastically" reduced the rate of duplicates, and to compensate for the amount of currency players would earn from pulling the same item twice, the overall amount of credits players will draw from loot boxes will increase.

These changes are live now on the PTR.

And, if you want to empathize with our frustrations with the old loot-box system, watch us open 25 Anniversary loot boxes.

[Source: PlayOverwatch]


Our Take
It's ironic that these changes affect the least important systems to the overall Overwatch experience, yet seem like a bigger deal than some of the game's major gameplay balance changes. Now when my calculated Reinhardt push gets snubbed for a D.Va ult triple kill for Play of the Game, I can record it and send it to my teammates to compensate.