I am not going to lie, not many people like loot boxes. In some countries they have even been classed as gambling. Unfortunately, for now at least, it seems they are for the majority here to stay.
Loot boxes can be deemed as a hit and miss situation, as for the most part they are randomised, and you have no idea what you are going to receive, which is okay if you got the loot box for free. But when you pay for such an item, this is a different kettle of fish.
Some games take these randomised loot boxes way to far for the name of greed and hope that because the odds are so low, that you will pay real money for the chance of getting something that you desire.
A few indie titles were not free of this, Rocket League is one of them, and they introduced randomised loot crates back in 2016. Though in their defence they did say that this was a way to fund its esports league, which due to the massive success of the indie title you can see why.
These crates are given out to players when you play the game; whether you won or lost, you still have a chance to receive a crate. The bad thing about these crates is how randomised they are; you can quickly get the same item multiple times if your luck is terrible, but these items can you can trade to other players. However, to open them you need to spend real-world money on keys, or via the special events, which Rocket League has quite often (but these are used for specific loot crates.)
The company behind Rocket League, now owned by Epic Games, are going to change they way loot crates work and are going to be taking away the randomised aspect. They are going to incorporate a new streamlined system! Much like the shop in their acclaimed ‘Fortnite Battle Royale‘, where you can purchase precisely what item you desire. No more praying to the loot gods.
“Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole, we are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world. In pursuit of that goal, later this year we will remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance. This is similar to changes implemented earlier this year by the Fortnite Save the World team.”
Regular microtransactions have not changed (this is purely for the randomised aspect of the loot crates) still allowing direct purchases of the Rocket League Premium Pass, DLC cars and Esports items.
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