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Blizzard Announce Overwatch Anniversary Event with Massive Amount of Content

Published: 15/May/2018 12:28 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:53

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard has announced an Anniversary in-game event for Overwatch.

Overwatch is coming up on its two-year anniversary, and Blizzard is celebrating with an in-game event that will feature a massive amount of content.

Taking place from May 22nd to June 11th, the Anniversary event will not only add brand-new content, but also bring back content from past events.

As usual for in-game events, a whole host of new cosmetics is in store, including eight new legendary skins, three new epic skins, three new dance emotes, and thirty-six other new items. In addition, cosmetics from past events will also be made available again.

These items will all be available in Anniversary lootboxes. Players who log in during the event will also receive one Legendary lootbox, which is guaranteed to contain a legendary skin that the player doesn’t already own. Players will also be gifted another Legendary lootbox if they buy a bundle of 50 lootboxes.

The event will also introduce a new Deathmatch map, Petra, and add a ranked competitive mode for Deathmatch. Little more is currently known about the new map than its name, however.

Finally, all previous event brawls will be made available, including the Retribution mission that was included in the recent Overwatch Archives event. These will rotate daily in the Arcade.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.