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Overwatch has some pretty expensive (but unnecessary) microtransactions

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Overwatch microtransactions are pricey

Remember in the very first “Recall” short where everyone’s favourite lightning gun-wielding primate initiated Overwatch again? That day is kind of like today, because Overwatch’s serves are finally live across all three platforms. Blizzard’s latest IP is a great incarnation of team-based multiplayer fun, and it comes with a promise of balance. Balance that isn’t going to be disturbed by microtransactions, although there are many you can purchase.

Overwatch doesn’t lock you out of any game content, but instead entices you to unlock (or otherwise buy) loot crates to add some cosmetic flair to your 21 character strong roster. This loot crates are all entirely randomised, spitting out voice-overs, character skins, spray paint tags and more for any and every character. They’re like Hearthstone booster packs in a sense, and as such have been priced accordingly.

On PC (which we here in South Africa are forced to use in Euros), prices are as such:

  • 2 boxes = 1.99 Euro
  • 5 boxes = 4.99 Euro
  • 11 boxes = 9.99 Euro
  • 24 boxes = 19.99 Euro
  • 50 boxes = 39.99 Euro

Pricing

Interestingly enough, direct conversions of those prices accurately line up with Rand pricing on both PSN and Xbox Live. On PlayStation 4, for example, you can expect to pay around the same for the same amount of boxes that the PC version offers – give or take a few Rands here or there.

Overwatch Loot Crate prices PS4

Xbox One trails in a similar fashion, although the pricing isn’t exactly one for one. In the largest difference I saw, the price for a pack of 50 boxes cost R10 more on Xbox One, while some other bundles were a handful less. For the most part though they’re the same, and nothing like some differences we’ve seen in digital pricing before.

These loot crates offer no advantage in-game, so they’re purely for the die-hard fans out there. If you manage to snag duplicates you’ll be given credit instead to spend towards unlocks you want, and simply playing Overwatch will net you a free crate every time you level up. There’s no reason to have to throw more money at the game, but it’s certainly going to cost you a fair amount if you get sucked in.

Overwatch is out on PS4, Xbox One and PC right now.

Last Updated: May 24, 2016

64 Comments

  1. Ottokie dancing on rainbows

    May 24, 2016 at 09:31

    I was expecting skins to be sold but “RNG in a box”!?!

    Reply

    • Kromas GG

      May 24, 2016 at 09:37

      Not really new … ME3 did it as well as Dota and TF2.

      Reply

      • Matthew Holliday

        May 24, 2016 at 10:11

        to be fair, Dota is f2p and TF2 has been free since 2011.

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        • Kromas GG

          May 24, 2016 at 17:25

          I own an orange box. Mine technically was not free.

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      • Skittle

        May 24, 2016 at 10:45

        DotA is at least free and a portion of the cosmetics profits goes to the individual who made the items.

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        • Captain JJ bound

          May 24, 2016 at 10:47

          It’s different when it’s an F2P game, I agree.

          Reply

    • Pariah

      May 24, 2016 at 09:38

      Dota, CS:GO et al.

      It’s a proven business model that generates a lot of income without being Pay to Win.

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 24, 2016 at 09:39

      HAHAHA “RNG in a box”

      LOOOOL

      Reply

    • HvR

      May 24, 2016 at 09:53

      LOL, imagine paying R680 to be fucked over 50 times in row by random.org

      Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 24, 2016 at 09:34

    Heh. The other shoe just dropped.

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    • Kromas GG

      May 24, 2016 at 09:38

      Well I mean it is still okay since we get free map/hero upgrades so this way no one is locked out of certain content.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 24, 2016 at 09:48

        I don’t like the idea of $60 game having microtransactions, especially when the crap’s random.

        Would much rather spend R55 on a cosmetic jetpack for Warframe than R87 for 5 RNG cosmetics in Overwatch.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 24, 2016 at 09:50

        People are gonna buy this and Blizzard will make millions from MTs alone, guaran-damn-teed

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 24, 2016 at 09:57

          *buys a box*
          “Crap, I didn’t get the cosmetic I want!”
          *buys another box*
          “Crap, I didn’t get the cosmetic I want!”
          *buys another box*

          That’s exactly why it’s RNG. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar or delusional.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 24, 2016 at 10:00

            At least you get credits for duplicate items, but still. Asking R900 for a PVP only game and having the gall to add MTs is ridiculous. Yes it’s optional but the masses buy this by the truckloads

        • Kromas GG

          May 24, 2016 at 10:01

          Ofc they are but at least it does not give them an edge. A pretty “dead” Tracer is still a pretty dead Tracer. 🙂

          D.va for life!

          Reply

        • Matthew Holliday

          May 24, 2016 at 10:05

          16 year olds with daddys credit card will always make MTs viable.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 24, 2016 at 10:06

            And Blizzard enables them, just like other publishers

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 24, 2016 at 10:07

            fair point.
            but rather loot crates than a seasons pass.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 24, 2016 at 10:35

            This is true

  3. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    May 24, 2016 at 09:41

  4. Ottokie dancing on rainbows

    May 24, 2016 at 09:47

    Anyone know how big the PC patch is for launch?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 24, 2016 at 09:47

      4.2GB

      Reply

      • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

        May 24, 2016 at 09:48

        …lovely

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Protector

          May 24, 2016 at 09:48

          The answer is always 42

          Reply

          • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

            May 24, 2016 at 09:48

            So that’s a troll comment?

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 24, 2016 at 09:49

            pretty much

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 24, 2016 at 09:49

            [barely manages to contain laughter]
            …perhaps

          • Ottokie dancing on rainbows

            May 24, 2016 at 09:50

            My net is slow today at work so give my GIF time to load before I paste it

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 24, 2016 at 09:49

            Was he talking? 😀

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 24, 2016 at 10:04

            Im not even sure there was a patch.
            Didnt notice the patch come through last night and my game was ready to go when I turned my PC on this morning.

          • Commander Bob

            May 24, 2016 at 10:58

            There was a small patch that landed a few days ago but other than that I haven’t seen anything. Not sure how big it was.

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 24, 2016 at 09:51

      Not 30gb

      Reply

    • Captain JJ bound

      May 24, 2016 at 10:30

      Your soul

      Reply

  5. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 24, 2016 at 09:47

  6. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 24, 2016 at 09:48

    GTA also has “unnecessary” microtransactions

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      May 24, 2016 at 12:58

      You can buy in game money on GTAV, so those may be unnecessary, but they’re game changing too.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 24, 2016 at 13:05

        Yeah, to be used as a shortcut

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          May 24, 2016 at 13:12

          Massive shortcut… but you’ll burn through that in game cash in no time… know of a few people that have spent waaaay too much on that.

          Reply

  7. Dane

    May 24, 2016 at 10:10

    TF2 Capitalist edition.

    Actually, now that I think about it, **** this game.

    Reply

  8. Captain JJ bound

    May 24, 2016 at 10:29

    Overmehch

    Reply

  9. Skittle

    May 24, 2016 at 10:38

    “Overmuch”. May as well buy Nkandla, they cost about the same.

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    • Captain JJ bound

      May 24, 2016 at 10:40

      Yea. Just because there’s a bit of hype surrounding it now they’re completely milking it.

      Reply

    • Dane

      May 24, 2016 at 10:42

      If Zuma was caught buying this, it cmight just tip the “misused finances” case against him.

      Reply

  10. Strawman Jim

    May 24, 2016 at 10:53

    Dear gods… RNG and you pay real money for this? What is this an EA game from 2008?

    Reply

  11. Commander Bob

    May 24, 2016 at 11:01

    Once again I’ll probably be in the minority but I have no issue with this. If it’s similar to the beta then everything drops in your level up crate. You can also get ingame currency to “buy” the skin you want. No real need to spend cash unless you are stupid, lazy or impatient – in which case, let Blizzard milk the fools. Play the game, earn the rewards, make the purchase price of the game worth it.

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  12. VampyreSquirrel

    May 24, 2016 at 12:55

    LOL! LOOOOOTBOOOXXXEEEESSSSSS!!!!!

    WoW and Diablo have vanity stuff in their stores… which is pretty much the same as those lootboxes.

    Reply

  13. Darren Peach

    May 24, 2016 at 13:38

    Something does not computer. Loot used to be the reward for grinding a game with your mates. Now ?

    Reply

  14. Galbedir

    May 24, 2016 at 17:04

    I don’t see a single problem with this, I have friends playing who have unlocked some pretty amazing rare skins already just from leveling up. This just seems like an option for is someone just so happens to have some cash lying around, and wants to spend.

    Reply

  15. SmurFyZA

    May 25, 2016 at 06:29

    Lol @ wisp-comment on first screenshot 😀

    Reply

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