Blizzard Announces Changes To 'Overwatch' Loot Boxes, 'Hearthstone' Card Packs

The duplicate item reduction is now active on the PTR and will be available once the patch is uploaded onto Overwatch's live servers.

Acting on recent feedback, Blizzard are hoping to reduce duplicates players receive when opening boxes, as well as upping the credits earned from them. The old system would delete your highlights if you shut the game.

On PC, the option to set export quality will be made available, and supports up to 4K at 60 FPS on Windows 8 or higher and up to 1080p on Windows 7.

The good news from Blizzard today is that Overwatch players can expect to see fewer duplicate items in loot boxes in the future, according to game director Jeff Kaplan.

With the main news out of the way, let's get to the rest of the patch notes, which you will find below. You can't directly purchase a specific skin, voice line, or card-you have to receive them from a loot box or card pack. Second, to compensate for this reduction of duplicate items, we're also increasing the overall amount of credits players will receive from loot boxes.

These are standard loot boxes that will only be available on the PTR, meaning that any items earned from loot boxes or unlocked via credits on the PTR will not transfer over to your live account.

If you're in the business of in-app purchases, or just have been angling for that ideal D.Va skin in your Overwatch loot boxes, you should probably know that two different Blizzard games announced changes to their random loot systems today that will probably shift player expectations about the field.

The game will continue to automatically generate highlights for you based on your recent gameplay.

The update to the highlight system will also allow players to export their highlights. Players will be able to generate their own 12-second highlights simply by pressing a single button.

Also, players can record their Top 5 or Recently Captured highlights.

The new system will let players map capture keys that will save specific highlights. You can then save these as video files on either your console or PC.

  • Carolyn Briggs