Overwatch Anniversary Event Coming Next Week

The one-year anniversary of the popular game will also be marked by a free weekend and a special Game of the Year edition.


It has been almost a year since Blizzard launched Overwatch, and now, with more than 30 million players vying for that Play of the Game and $1 billion in sales, the company has confirmed an anniversary event, a free weekend and a Game of the Year Edition.

The anniversary event will kick off on May 23 and run through June 12. Blizzard hasn't detailed yet exactly what will be available, aside from a tease of three new arena maps, but they will likely keep teasing info until the release notes are available. 

During that time, it will also host a free weekend for players on May 26-29. The free weekend will give players access to all 24 heroes, and all the maps, as well as Quick Play, Custom Games and Weekly Brawl game modes. Leveling up and Loot boxes will also be available. As with any free weekend, what you earn you will keep if you decide to buy the full version of the game. 

As for the Game of the Year Edition, which will be available digitally on May 23 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, players will get:

  • 10 Overwatch Loot Boxes
  • Overwatch Hero Skins
  • Tracer for Heroes of the Storm
  • Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft
  • Mercy's Wings for Diablo 3
  • In-game portraits for StarCraft 2
  • New card back for Hearthstone

No price has been released yet.

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    May 18, 2017 8:45 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Overwatch Anniversary Event Coming Next Week

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      May 18, 2017 9:27 AM

      Yay more loot boxes.

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      May 18, 2017 10:12 AM

      Fuck this game's loot system. At 3000 gold per event legendary, you don't even get to buy one skin for yourself unless you've been playing for 10 hours between events. I bought this game, I should at least afford to buy skins for my main.

      I'd feel a bit better if you had a chance to get these skins annually, like of the summer games skins came into play again.

      As it stands the loot box system is free-to-play levels of grinding and FUCK THAT because I paid for this game. I JUST WANT SKINS FOR MY FUCKING MAIN!!!!

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        May 18, 2017 11:20 AM

        AFAIK future annual events will let you get last year's skins again. Which makes financial sense for Blizzard, because that's a larger item pool for the new items to enter into, thus lowering players' chances of actually getting one of the new items.

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          May 18, 2017 11:26 AM

          Okay that makes it a bit better since you at least know what you can save up for, though I still think 3000 for event legendaries is an unreasonably high purchase price.

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        May 18, 2017 11:26 AM

        I read an article on Forbes I think talking about how Blizzard needs to add more Permanent skins with the anniversary event that can be achieved through regular loot boxes. I tend to agree.

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