Past couple of months we have been seeing games like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Shadow Of War being heavily criticized for their implementation of micro-transactions, however, Overwatch has also been criticized for its loot boxes and according to Blizzard President, Overwatch doesn’t belong to this controversy.
Speaking with GameInformer, Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime was asked about loot boxes to which he replied that there is nothing wrong with loot boxes giving players random items and noted that whatever the controversy is Overwatch is not a part of it.
I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with crates that give you randomized items. I think that whatever the controversy is, I don’t think Overwatch belongs in that controversy.
He added that “I think another element, in terms of the gambling question, the question in terms of that is whether or not you’re actually… There’s an element of converting back into real-world value. I think that’s a critical element, and that element does not exist in Overwatch loot crates”.
However, not all game devs are in the favor of loot boxes as Capcom has noted that its upcoming title, Monster Hunter World, will not have loot boxes and microtransactions. According to Capcom, the game already features the randomized loot in-game an including loot boxes doesn’t make sense.
I think that Monster Hunter has already built that kind of randomized, item reward into the gameplay. You’ve already kind of got loot as a core gameplay aspect without having to shove a microtransaction version of it in. We want people to have the experience that we’ve made for them rather than the option to skip the experience.
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