Overwatch has officially let us know when loot box sales will stop

Though we’ve known for some time that Overwatch will eventually stop selling loot boxes, we now have an official date for when they’ll be removed from the game entirely.

You may have noticed that Blizzard has started one last event for the original Overwatch as the studio gets ready to switch to Overwatch 2. The official Overwatch website (opens in new tab) has released the following notice in light of the upcoming “Overwatch Anniversary Remix: Vol. 3,” which will run from August 9 to August 30 and during which players may collect “Anniversary Loot Boxes.”

As of the completion of the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event on August 30, Loot Boxes will no longer be for sale.

However, there are still ways to get treasure boxes, such as gaining experience and playing the Arcade mode. Be advised, however, that a new Overwatch 2 battle pass will replace this mechanism on October 4, when the sequel enters early access. As a result, any treasure boxes you have acquired in the past will be instantly cracked open and added to your collection.

A resolution is in sight

Although Overwatch 2 was announced at Blizzcon 2019, the developer has only given specifics in the recent months. It’s been made quite apparent that Overwatch 1 will have no future after Overwatch 2’s release in October, and rather than publishing two different games, this sequel will effectively come as a big update, redoing the previous version from the ground up.

So, we’re in the midst of a drawn-out farewell to Overwatch 1, and we know what to anticipate from Overwatch 2 because of two public beta testing. There are three new heroes available at launch, including Sojourn and Junker Queen, and the maps Temple of Anubis and Hanamura will no longer be included in the normal map rotation (they will still be playable, though, in custom games), and matches will be switched from 6v6 to 5v5. After the complete release of the sequel, players may look forward to PvE content as well.

Still, the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 is your best bet if you want to have a party for Overwatch 1 before October. All the previous holiday activities have returned, along with the Overwatch Archives Missions and the Overwatch Challenge Missions, as well as new legendary skin recolors. That’s a great way to say goodbye to Blizzard’s first hero shooter.