It looks like the trend for randomized loot boxes in games is dying as publishers move away from this unpopular feature. As announced in the update notes, Rocket League has changed its approach to cosmetic items to be less chance-based. This will please many gamers.
Loot box type Crates have been replaced by Blueprints, which drop after select online matches and which show potential items that a player could create using their credits. There is still an element of randomization with the dropping of Blueprints, but players can decide if they want an item before spending their money on it. The Blueprints can also be traded with other players.
There has been a legal backlash against loot boxes, with UK officials calling for them to be regulated just like gambling and publishers being forced to disclose the odds of obtaining gear from transactions. Psyonix announced back in August that they would be ditching loot boxes as public opinion about the mechanic has gone south.
Any Crates or Keys that are still in player’s inventories will be automatically converted into Blueprints now. If you want to see the new items, players can head to the Item Shop which is available from the game’s main menu.