Blizzard has announced when loot boxes will be phased out in Overwatch in anticipation of the new Battle Pass system.
The announcement was quietly mentioned in a blog post about the Overwatch Anniversary Remix Volume 3 event. The company confirmed that the loot boxes “will no longer be available for sale” as of August 30.
The post does state that you can still earn standard loot boxes after the Remix event.
This Anniversary Remix event is Blizzard’s way of “cleaning up” allowing players to buy or earn cosmetics one more time before Overwatch 2 releases on October 4, 2022. This will feature skins and cosmetics from past Overwatch Challenge events.
Players can also participate in “brawls” to relive certain game types such as story missions such as Uprising and Storm Rising and previous modes such as Lucioball.
Blizzard formally announced in June that loot boxes would disappear, replacing it with a battle pass and in-game store. The company says it wants to give players “a lot more control over how they interact with the game and acquire new content.”
Overwatch 2 will be released on October 4 and will replace the original Overwatch. The game will be playable for everyone from then on as the multiplayer will be free-to-play.