Loot boxes are something of a contentious issue at the moment - from Overwatch to Call of Duty: WWII, they’re pretty much everywhere you could care to look. So news that they’d be cropping up in Assassin’s Creed Origins was unexpected, if not entirely welcome. Fortunately, it seems that the game’s boxes are only available to buy with in-game currency.
AC Origins’ loot boxes can be purchased from an NPC named Reda, a wandering merchant who offers ‘Heka’ Chests (those are Magic Chests to those of you who don’t speak ancient Egyptian) for 3,000 Drachma, the in-game currency. In an interview with Eurogamer, game director Ashraf Ismail said that “you can find Reda’s stuff in the world, but the idea is if you have the money you can just buy stuff from him.”
Reda’s Heka chests do just seem to be a way to play with extra money when you reach the late game. Ismail says the system is “a way for people who hoard loads of money, if you min-max the economy system, to gamble the money and get really unique stuff.” The system isn’t new to the series, as time-saving loot boxes that allow quick access to high-tier content has been around since Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.