Fortnite: Save The World—the player-versus-environment portion of the worldwide phenomenon—is going to let you see what’s in your loot box before you buy it, Epic has announced.
This means that from update version 7.30 onwards V-Buck Llamas will be replaced by X-Ray Llamas, which will show you the contents of your loot box before you make the purchase. These X-Ray Llamas will still cost 50 V-Bucks, and if you don’t like the items that are on offer then you don’t have to buy, you can just wait until the next day for the daily store refresh and then see what’s in the new selection. Speaking about the change, Epic said:
“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.
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.“
These new Llama’s will still exercise the dupe prevention that was introduced some time ago, where the game tries to ensure that players receive a new item rather than one that they already own. For example, the game determines an item rarity and type to drop (such as a Legendary Shotgun) and then tries to give you an item of that rarity and type that isn’t already in your inventory. If, however, you already own all of that item rarity and type then it will still give you a duplicate rather than selecting a whole new rarity and/or type.
This new does, of course, mean that you can no longer buy multiple V-Buck Llamas, so that you can be shown the contents of each Llama one at a time before you buy. Epic did note that Mini Llamas and event Llamas are not X-Ray Llamas, so these will still be able to be bulk opened. All players will be given 5 free Llama Upgrade Tokens to test out the new system with.
This news comes at a time when the whole loot box system has come in for some criticism from players, with a lot of people accusing them of being a form of gambling due to their random nature. These types of microtransactions are very easily accessible by kids, so it’s completely understandable that people would be pushing for them to be more transparent.
Of course, it’s important to note that this change is for Fortnite: Save The World, and not the money-making machine that is Fortnite: Battle Royale. One step at a time, I guess.