Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo to disclose loot box drop odds

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Your console of choice will disclose the odds from 2020.

Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have committed to disclosing loot box drop odds in titles that appear on their platforms, the ESA has today confirmed.

“The major console makers – Sony Interactive Entertainment, operator of the PlayStation platform, Microsoft, operator of Xbox and Windows, and Nintendo, operator of the Nintendo Switch gaming platform – are committing to new platform policies that will require paid loot boxes in games developed for their platforms to disclose information on the relative rarity or probability of obtaining randomized virtual items,” the ESA advised in a statement.

“These required disclosures will also apply to game updates, if the update adds new loot box features. The precise timing of this disclosure requirement is still being worked out, but the console makers are targeting 2020 for the implementation of the policy.”

Third-party publishers who’ve already committed to work with Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony to disclose these odds on Xbox, PlayStation and Switch include the likes of Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Bungie, EA, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast and Warner Bros.

We’ll let you know when more precise timings are confirmed. In the meantime, are you happy that you’ll finally be able to see loot box drop rates on your console of choice? Do you hope this inititaive is extended to PC?