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Overwatch’s Anniversary skins cause community furore over cost: ‘We’re listening’, says Blizzard

The launch of the Overwatch one-year Anniversary event brought with it a stack of new goodies, including Legendary skins, sprays, and some fantastic dance emotes. However, the collective cost of skins has caused quite the outcry online, with the Anniversary event proving to be the most expensive of any Overwatch yet thus far.

With eleven new Legendary skins comes a hefty price point of around 33,000 in-game credits. Many players won’t have earned half of that in their entire Overwatch-playing career, so it’s fair to say that a large cross-section of the community would be putting their hopes into the game’s random loot box drops.

That’s drawn criticism from the community, especially considering the skins are perhaps the best we’ve seen in Overwatch over the game’s one year on the market.

Always one to respond to fans and address concerns from the community, Overwatch game director, Jeff Kaplan, said the team was taking the feedback on board.

“I just wanted to acknowledge that we’ve been following the threads about the loot box rewards as they pertain to the anniversary events, other events and loot boxes in general,” he said. “The feedback and suggestions have been helpful to us. We had a really great discussion yesterday about the feedback we’ve been hearing this week. While I don’t have any immediate action items to report, I thought it was important for you to know that we are listening.”

Kaplan invited players to continue talking about loot boxes and rewards, saying the team will continue to talk to forum moderators in order to keep all concerns central in the one discussion, as a means to keep better tabs and how players see new additions.

The Overwatch Anniversary event runs until June 12. The “event” didn’t bring with it any new game modes, but it did ring in a free weekend, as well as the launch of a Game of the Year Edition.

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