Overwatch is sunsetting a feature that it helped define since its launch in 2016: loot boxes. Next month, after the conclusion of the current anniversary event, loot boxes will no longer be purchasable.
The Diablo Immortal team has released a new devblog covering the accessibility options that will be available at launch. Meanwhile, that launch won't happen in two European countries due to restrictive loot box laws.
For a long time there has been a "will they, won't they" between governments and game companies that employ the, nearly universally hated gacha loot box system. In our first episode of MMOWTF Steven takes a look at some of these loot box games, and speaks with clinical psychologist Dr. Anthony Bean to determine how predatory these mechanics really are.
Arguably, one of the most contentious topics in gaming recently is loot boxes. With Star Wars Battlefront II propelling the mechanic to the global political stage, it's not difficult to understand why. A recent report found a link between loot boxes and problem gambling behaviors.