Earlier this week, fans of Blizzard Entertainment’s were treated to the reveal of the next Hero that will enter the battlefield in the company’s popular shooter Overwatch with the support-sniper Ana, though Blizzard did clarify that those Loot Boxes you might be hoarding before her arrival won’t necessarily get you her items right from the start.
In a post on the Battle.net forums, Blizzard’s community management team clarified the game’s Loot Box system (where players earn skins and other cosmetic items after reaching a certain amount of in-game experience) in relation to the upcoming new character Ana, who is currently available in the PC version’s Public Test Region but not yet available in a public release just yet for PC and consoles.
Specifically, Blizzard explained that while players have the option to save Loot Boxes to open at a later time, collecting or hoarding them before Ana is released to the general public will not earn players skins or cosmetic items for her character when she released, as “Loot Box contents are generated at the time that they are earned or purchased, NOT when they are opened.”
Blizzard added that any Loot Boxes earned or purchased by players (but not opened) before the release of Ana will not be able to unlock any of her cosmetic items until she is available in the full game, with the studio adding that “this is how the system will continue to work for future content updates,” and presumably for other Heroes added down the line.
Overwatch is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.