Overwatch might be a full price multiplayer shooter, but like most major titles in 2016 that doesn't mean you can't spend even more money on cosmetic stuff.
First off, before anyone gets confused — all items you unlock in Overwatch are purely cosmetic. They don't have any effect on your in-game performance, with the available items ranging from different skins, voice over lines, sprays and so forth.
As you level up in Overwatch, you'll gain access to Loot Boxes. Each box contains a random selection of four items, including credits that — ala Hearthstone — you can directly spend on skins and unlocks.
There's five options available in the Overwatch shop right now, starting from the diminutive 2 boxes for $2.95 and stretching all the way up to a hefty $59.95 for 50 loot boxes.
Much like Hearthstone, however, there's no option to open all of your loot boxes at once. There's also no real money option to buy credits, which would be my preferred option if I was going to spend even more real money. After all, if you're paying for cosmetic items you should have the ability to pay for the cosmetic item you want, not a chance to get the item you want.
The full list of options is as follows:
2 Loot Boxes - $2.95 5 Loot Boxes - $7.35 11 Loot Boxes - $14.95 24 Loot Boxes - $24.95 50 Loot Boxes - $59.95
Payment options include PayPal and direct credit card, although you can also spend any funds sitting in your Battle.net account.
For those currently rapt with Blizzard's new shooter — what do you think of the microtransactions? Any interest in dropping some coin on a loot box or 50?