In a time when the existence of loot boxes containing random prizes is a sore subject among gamers, Activision makes it rain, baby. Call of Duty: World War II turns unboxing random items into a spectator sport.


Call of Duty’s communal multiplayer hub is where players can form parties, practice shooting, watch videos, accept missions and participate in a variety of training exercises. It’s also where players open their supply drops, which are loot boxes containing various cosmetic upgrades and the odd squad experience boost. Players with a box to open pop smoke, and a crate falls from the sky, opening wide for all to see its contents.

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That’s right, anybody in the hub with you can see what you’ve just unboxed, and you can see theirs. A notice appears in the lower left corner of the screen when a player is opening a drop. Should they score a rare weapon skin or modification, the hub lets everybody know. Watching other players unbox their loot isn’t only allowed, it’s encouraged. One of the first daily missions I selected, “Loot Spectator,” required me to watch other players open three supply crates. The reward for doing so? A supply crate.

Honestly? It’s kind of neat, especially when you get a group of people gathered around, dropping boxes like they’re hot.

Call of Duty: World War II launches November 3 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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