Fortnite's blind-bag approach to lootboxes is biting the dust.
Starting with the new Save the World v7.30 update, Fortnite will expose the contents of all purchasable lootboxes to give gamers full transparency on what's inside before they buy. Epic's transition comes at an interesting time when gamers push back against potentially exploitative trends, such as randomized lootboxes with mystery rewards, and the industry pivots towards alternatives. These tactics have helped the battle royale sensation earn billions in revenue since its launch in 2017.
"Since launch, we've been refining the way you expand your item collection. We previously introduced loot drops, the ability to directly acquire any non-event item through the Collection Book, Llama dupe prevention, as well as gameplay-based event rewards, and now we're ready to take the next big step," Epic Games wrote in a recent post.
"Introducing 'X-Ray' Llamas! Previously known as V-Buck Llamas, X-Ray Llamas will now show you the contents before you purchase it. Not interested in what the Llama offers? Simply wait until the daily store refresh and there will be a new selection."
After the patch drops, gamers can't buy multiple V-Buck Llamas at once--instead they have to buy them one at a time. Epic wants to expose the goodies of each Llama one at a time.
The devs further explain how this new feature will work:
How will this work?
Llamas prices remain the same, and llamas can still be earned through gameplay.
The price doesn't change when the llama upgrades - you can see the upgrade before you purchase, and any item can come from the cheapest Llama. You can wait and find your favorite weapon in a 50 V-Buck llama, with no guessing!
The items offered are based on your account in order to apply dupe prevention.
Dupe Prevention: Introduced in the v5.10 Patch, after the Llama has determined the item rarity and type of drop (Epic or Legendary Hero, Weapon, or Schematic) it will select an item from that category that is not already in your inventory or Collection Book. This applies to Epic, Legendary and Mythic Heroes, Epic and Legendary Schematics and Mythic Lead Survivors.
Example: This means that if the Llama picks Legendary (rarity) Shotgun (type), for example, it will give you a Legendary Shotgun you do not already have. If you have all of the legendary Shotguns, it will give you a duplicate Shotgun. It will not pick from another category.
Specific items can still be directly purchased with earnable in-game resources.
All the fun of opening Llamas, and only the items you want!