Blizzard leaks Overwatch 2020 Anniversary event skins & date

Published: 12/May/2020 21:41 Updated: 14/May/2020 6:51

by Bill Cooney


Blizzard themselves have apparently leaked the starting date and details about the upcoming Anniversary event and some of the brand new skins that will be included as part of it.

A new Overwatch event means loads of new content, but most importantly, brand new skins to unlock and show off in matches.

Blizzard had kept a tight lid on new Anniversary content headed our way in 2020, but it seems an internal error when they were posting the May 12 patch notes caused details for the Anniversary event to show up a little early.

Blizzard quickly fixed their mistake, but not before fans were able to get screenshots.

The leak was screenshotted and posted to Twitter by Russian Overwatch community Overfire, and as far as we can tell, they seem to be the real deal, straight from Jeff Kaplan himself.

Right off the bat, the notes introduce a new Masquerade Reaper skin, which is something fans have been requesting since the “Masquerade” comic came out many moons ago in 2017.

There weren’t any images provided with the leak. But, as we know, Overwatch fans are some of the most creative out there, and the news that Reaper would finally be getting the Masquerade skin has released a year after artists Cristiana Voinea and 3D artist Catalin Bercea came out with their own concept for the cosmetic.

Cristiana Voinea/Catalin Bercea
It seems Jeff Kaplan has heard us calling out for Masquerade Reaper and finally answered our prayers.

While Blizzard’s Masquerade Reaper will probably look different than the version above, but as long as he has a floppy hat and some old-school guns, we’ll be plenty satisfied.

Reaper wasn’t the only hero teased as getting a new skin; Blizzard also mentioned “Dragoon” Mercy, which could either refer to the job class from Final Fantasy XI or to the mounted infantry soldiers of the same name. Either would be pretty neat, but the chances of a Final Fantasy/Overwatch crossover skin are probably a bit slimmer.

The last hero mentioned in the screenshot is Ashe, who will be getting a new look called “Little Red” Ashe. If you didn’t already guess, this is probably a reference to Little Red Riding Hood, and we would love nothing more than for B.O.B. to be turned into the Big Bad Wolf.

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We can’t wait to see what the “Little Red” Ashe skins looks like (or what it does to B.O.B.)

The official start date for the Anniversary 2020 event, at least according to the leak, will be kicking off on May 19. Exactly how long the festivities will run is unknown, but based on previous Overwatch events it’s safe to say you’ll want to have all your new skins and loot boxes by mid to late June at the latest.


Terrifying Hanzo skin concept transforms Overwatch’s favorite archer

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:49

by Lauren Bergin


Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying. 

Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.

Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.

Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.

Overwatch Legendary skin
Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.

A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.

Pictured with bright red skin, dark eyes and protruding horns that you can almost imagine animated to glow with smoking embers, the archer is both recognisable yet entirely different.

Luke should be commended for ensuring that the skin is true to form and doesn’t lose all of the characteristics that make Hanzo so unique.

Devil Hanzo Skin Concept by me! from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.

One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.

One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.

So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.

We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.