PUBG Lists Loot Crate Odds in Latest Test Patch Notes

A new PUBG PC patch has been introduced to the test environment of the popular battle royale shooter and it comes with some loot crate-centric additions. In the latest patch notes for the update, the chances to earn items from said crates have been fully outlined and you might not like the odds.

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The update has added two types of crates: a Biker crate, which is the free version; and a Desperado crate, which is purchasable. Each crate has a 40% chance of arriving to you, while the previous Wanderer and Survivor crates have seen their chance to drop lowered to 10%.

Both crates are packed with cosmetic items including coats, jackets, and face masks, but the rates of some of the rares are extraordinarily low. A leopard-print cloth mask from the Desperado crate has a 0.16% chance of dropping, while checkered cloth masks and sleeveless biker jackets from the Biker crate offer a 0.01% chance of arriving.

The test update also has added new features to replay that let players see the loadout of a player as well as report a player if they find something fishy, along with a variety of other bug fixes and adjustments.

As for the crates in question, players in test are being granted 100k BP and six Keys to test stability. It should be noted that these freebies are for the test environment only. The full patch notes are here

Our Thoughts

Those are some pretty bad odds. I mean, REALLY bad odds. That said, more transparency in loot crate practices is something we’ve been wanting so we have to at least be thankful that we know what we’re getting in to. Still, though….yeesh.

Source: Steam

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Belgium is Investigating Loot Crate Gambling

The loot crate gambling conversation is not going away, much to the possible chagrin of certain publishers. Belgium’s gaming commission is now targeting the practice as a possible gambling measure according to VTM News.

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The report states that loot boxes in both Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Overwatch are being investigated by the Belgian gaming commission as a form of gambling due to the fact that players have to purchase a crate in order to see what is inside. According to commission chairman Peter Naessens, loot boxes could be a game of chance and, if they provide any form of advantage, must fall under the classification of gambling and thus have a permit from the Gaming Commission.

EA issued a statement to GameSpot about the matter, saying that the Battlefront 2 loot crates do not confer any advantages. “A player’s ability to succeed in the game is not dependent on purchasing crates. Players can also earn crates through playing the game and not spending any money at all,” reads their statement.

Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime has said in an interview earlier this month that Overwatch’s loot crates avoid the “pay for power” trap and so should be out of the conversation. “I think another element, in terms of the gambling question…there’s an element of converting back [loot crate items] into real-world value. I think that’s a critical element, and that element does not exist in Overwatch loot crates.”

In related loot crate gambling news, an online petition is asking the ESRB to consider loot crate mechanics as a form of gambling. “Just because you get a small compensation, in the end, it doesn’t mean that this is not real gambling,” reads the petition. “The solution to this problem would be, that ESRB declares their respective ‘Adults only’ rating for video games in which you can gamble.”

The petition currently has over 34,000 signatures as of this writing.

Our Thoughts

There is still a lot to mull over still with the matter of loot crates. We’ve already approached this question in Overwatch, but there’s certainly something to be said for loot crate practices in other games like Star Wars Battlefront 2. Where do you stand on the matter? Does getting anything from a loot crate absolve it from the definition of gambling, or is any randomized item earned with real money fall under the definition for you?

Sources: VTM News via Engadget, PCGamesN, Change.org, Game Informer

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Crates and Progression Get Adjusted in Star Wars Battlefront 2

Just in case you think that raising hell to game devs doesn’t work, we’d like to direct your attention to the changes to Star Wars Battlefront 2 crates that have been revealed; changes that were implemented as a direct result of beta feedback according to the announcement.

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The first and most notable adjustment involves Epic Star Cards – the highest tier of character-buffing Star Card there is. These cards will not be available in loot crates, but will instead be earned through the game’s crafting system. Epic cards gained through pre-ordering any deluxe or other editions will still be dished out, however.

On the subject of Star Cards, players will need to be a certain rank before Star Cards can be upgraded. The measure is intended to make sure players simply don’t buy several loot crates, break any Star Cards within down into upgrade materials, then craft better cards from the very start.

Certain weapons will also be locked behind progression as well, with class milestones now becoming a path to unlocking a special weapon for that same class. Class-specific crates will also be rewarded by playing a class, with Star Cards and crafting materials to help you improve your favorite class packed into these crates.

Our Thoughts

That’s more like it: actual progression and power earned through regular play and not directly from opening up your damn wallet. While we’re still not excited about the RNG aspect of progression-linked crates and whatever headaches that will bring, these adjustments definitely sound like a step in the right direction.

Source: official site

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