Psyonix to drop loot boxes for new items starting in December
The video game company is hoping to avoid conflicts over the contentious loot boxes
Loot boxes have become a hot-button topic across the globe. Many countries have weighed in whether or not they believe the video game offerings are a form of gambling and the discussion is divided down the middle. However, this hasn’t stopped certain countries from considering a complete ban on the presence of the surprise boxes in games, and this has led to several developers and distributors to already decide to pull back. One is Psyonix, the company behind Rocket League, which has announced that it will be dropping randomized loot boxes in favor of blueprints.
An update to Rocket League will be rolled out this December that will force the removal of the treasure chests in favor of the new system. The blueprints are designed to give players the ability to know what they will get if they purchase a certain item. The change is designed to mitigate the belief that loot boxes cause young gamers to become hardened gamblers later in life.
Psyonix says in a blog post, “A game update in December will introduce a new system called Blueprints. After you play a match of Rocket League, you’ll have a chance to obtain a Blueprint; a new type of drop that will replace Crates. When you receive a Blueprint, it will show you exactly what item you can create from it, for a set price. Once they’re in your inventory, Blueprints will allow you to pay to create the item it offers and receive it immediately; or you can leave it in your inventory and choose to create the item later.”
Several other gaming companies, including Epic Games and EA Games, have either already made changes or are considering updating their loot box policies. EA Games has been the most outspoken against any type of change, but subsequently relented after regulatory pressure became too intense.