The original Overwatch was famous for its loot box system, and many players were happy to collect and hoard them after completing their collections. With the next step for the game with the release of Overwatch 2 in October, it has been confirmed that a different set of reward systems will replace them. But you might be wondering what happens to your unopened loot boxes now that they won’t be relevant anymore. Similarly, what happens to the credits you got from those loot boxes or disenchant duplicate cosmetics, now that different forms of currency are coming to Team Blizzard’s FPS shooter?
Related: Does Overwatch 2 have loot boxes?
What about loot boxes?
With the game transitioning from a paid model to a free one with the sequel, Overwatch 2 will move away from the maligned loot box model and move to the currently much more common battle pass reward tracking system. Players who have kept loot boxes unopened have been concerned that their loot will be lost in the transition from OW to OW2. However, it was confirmed during the Reddit AMA that players’ loot boxes will simply automatically open and carry over to the new game.
“We are not carrying over loot boxes to Overwatch 2, and prior to launch, any unopened loot boxes will automatically open and your account will receive all content directly.”
Many players have continued to wonder what that means for seasonal or event loot boxes. Remember that those loot boxes required the relevant event to be active and contained a minimum of one seasonal or event item when opened. However, it has been confirmed that those loot boxes will follow the same principle as regular loot boxes, opening and distributing their loot normally when the game transitions to Overwatch 2.
What happens to credits and other currencies?
In addition to loot boxes, Overwatch had three other types of currency that have been the source of speculation among the player base: credits, OWL tokens, and competitive points. With the change in the economic structure of OW2 and the announcement of a new payment currency, there was concern that all the currency collected from the original game would be lost.
The developers addressed the issue during the same Reddit AMA, promising that existing coins will be ported over to OW2, but that it’s still too early to say how they would work in relation to the new systems.
“We will share a more detailed explanation on all of these topics before Overwatch 2 launches in October. However, to give you a quick answer now, those existing currencies (Credits, OWL Tokens, and Competitive Points) will be coming with you to Overwatch 2.
[…] I also clarified below that OW1 Credits come with you to OW2, but our new virtual currency will be the primary currency, and there will be things in OW2 that cannot be purchased with those OW1 Credits.”
There is still time until October to find out how they plan to consolidate all these coins and what purpose and method of acquisition will apply to each one. They may run into a coin oversaturation issue, but for now, it looks like there won’t be any overlap between the coins we know of so far. We will continue to follow development and update accordingly.