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Microsoft plans to introduce a loot box system to Xbox Live

Published: 19:32, 10 January 2018
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Xbox One - Avatars

Microsoft's Mike Ybarra teased some 'bigger, more bolder changes' back in August 2017. One new feature for Xbox Live is called 'Career' and it might bring these 'bold changes'. The Career system seems to feature quests with experience rewards as well as loot boxes.

Loot boxes seem to be everywhere these days. Some are only slightly more benign and offer cosmetic items players then proudly display on their characters others lock progress behind a paywall. Either way, if it's in the game - its content, and you have to pay extra.

We've had more than our fair share of news about this during the last couple of months, and I hope you paced yourselves because Microsoft is jumping on the bandwagon with full force.

Mike Ybarra, Vice President of Xbox Program Management, said in an interview in August 2017 that the company was shifting focus and going after some "bigger, more bolder changes". He said that it was not something that he can talk about at the time, but the some "fundamental changes" are on their way towards "somebody's gaming accomplishments".

Bluehole Cosmetic items - clothes in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds loot box PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - Loot suitcase

The reason for concern is among the Microsoft recently started rolling out. One of the features for Xbox Live is named "Career" and it could be the extension to the Gamerscore system Ybarra teased back in August.

It seems as if the players who use the new "Career" system will be able to obtain levels, prestige ranks, as well as rewards such as loot crates. Someone, somewhere is triggered. The loot crates will come with cosmetic items for the new Avatars system. Microsoft delayed the new Avatar system back in November. They seem to be on their way right now.

The "Career" system will come with dedicated quests. These will have you playing certain games, which will provide you with crates and experience points as rewards. No news on whether the crates will be purchasable using real-world money or not, but we're willing to bet a year's supply of tea that they are. Just you wait, the announcement is in the works. 

The Gamerscore system will not be replaced by the new feature. They'll work together just like Atlas and P-body. All this is to be taken with a pinch of salt, but do use it sparingly, you'll probably need it once the "Career" system launches.

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