Overwatch updated with fewer duplicate loot boxes and custom highlights

Overwatch updated with fewer duplicate loot boxes and custom highlights

In the latest developer update for Blizzard's insanely popular multiplayer game, Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan addressed one of the longest standing issues players have had with Overwatch's rewards system - loot boxes.

Under the new system, the dev team has "drastically" reduced the chance of duplicates appearing when players open new loot boxes. "But we think the change should be very drastic and significant, and feel fantastic", he said.

"To compensate we're going to increase the amount of credits you get out of loot boxes", Kaplan said.

Special events such as the Chinese New Year, Halloween, Christmas, last year's Summer Games, or the recent Anniversary usually has a slew of new content including specialty game modes (Junkenstein's Revenge was my favorite), new emotes, and of course new skins.

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Although the changes to highlights are the focus of the video, the loot box news is the most welcome part of the update. It allows players to bookmark specific points in a match to save, while a new in-game program will allow you to export these highlights as video files. The only exceptions are the ability to spend "credits" earned from loot boxes or duplicate items to buy stuff in Overwatch and "dusting" cards to make other cards in Hearthstone. The existing automatically generated highlights will remain in a new "Today's Top 5" category and held for 24 hours. The game will also receive an improved Highlights feature that makes it easier to save good plays for later viewing. Players will be able to generate their own 12-second highlights simply by pressing a single button.

Players can now generate their own highlights! Overwatch will then record your gameplay, store it in a "Recently Captured" section of the Highlights menu, and save it using your console or PC's video tools.

Overwatch already has a highlight system, but players only have limited control over how that works.

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.

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