Have you been feeling a little down about the money-grubbing ways of the gaming industry lately? Microtransactions, season passes, and loot boxes are enough to get to the best of us. Don’t worry though, because Ratalaika Games is here with the ultimate cathartic experience: Shadow of Loot Box, which is coming to consoles.
All around the world, loot boxes and such systems are highly controversial. Some countries, such as Belgium, are pushing for loot boxes (with randomized contents) to be defined as gambling, so as to make them subject to stricter control. Some of the worst offenders, such as League of Legends, has been forced to change its ways in response.
Positive action is being taken and battles are being won. It’s a start, for sure, but there’s a lot more work still to be done. The industry’s not in the healthiest of places just now. The good news is, one super-sarcastic developer understands, and they’re here to join the fight. Quite literally, as Shadow of Loot Box is announced for consoles.
This one launched on Steam earlier this year. If you checked it out, you’ll know the basic premise: it’s a retro-tastic blocky FPS that pokes fun at everything we find objectionable about the industry. For one thing, it features a whole heckin’ heap of loot boxes as enemies, which run around on gangly legs like the Mimics of Final Fantasy fame. It’s far more satisfying to blast away at hordes of these things than it probably has any right to be.
It’s like each loot box dispatched is striking another blow for snarky justice. There’s much more to it, too. Every level of this brief adventure is focused on satirizing a different questionable element of modern gaming, from surgically removing content to sell as DLC later to frame rate issues (performance is intentionally terrible at times, so as to hammer this point home).
As you can surely see, big-budget stuff like this is not. Shadow of Loot Box costs just £3.99 on Steam (just over $5), and you’re looking at about a two-hour experience for the price. If you’re curious about the premise but haven’t tried it out yet, how about giving the upcoming Nintendo Switch (or your system of choice) edition a shot?
As Nintendo Life reports, the quirky little title doesn’t have a set eShop release date yet. It’s aiming to launch in time for the holidays, though, and is also coming to PS4 and Xbox One around that time.