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Overwatch Anniversary 2020 event: Legendary skins, challenges, more

Published: 19/May/2020 19:05 Updated: 19/May/2020 19:07

by Brad Norton

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Overwatch is celebrating its fourth anniversary in style with a collection of fan-favorite brawls, all new cosmetics, and a series of weekly challenges for some exclusive skins. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Anniversary event.

Since its release in 2016, Overwatch has celebrated year in and year out with a special anniversary event. From brand new modes to iconic skins and more, it’s always an event to look out for and this year is no different. 

The 2020 Overwatch Anniversary event kicked off on Tuesday, May 19 and runs through June 9, boasting awesome new skins, cosmetics and challenges, along with all previous seasonal event brawls. 

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Wrecking Ball is going deep underwater with his new Submarine Legendary skin.

Overwatch Anniversary 2020 event Skins

As with every seasonal event, fresh loot boxes are up for grabs as players can unlock brand new vanity items. But it’s important to remember that during Anniversary, all past items and hero skins are available to be unlocked, so it’s wise to hoard as many loot boxes as you can.

Eight new skins have been unleashed, with five Legendary cosmetics and three Epics now available. Fans had already been treated to early looks at Ashe’s Little Red skin, and expressed their joy for the new Huitzilopochtli Zenyatta skin. The Dragoon Mercy cosmetic, though, wasn’t received quite as well.

Overwatch players will have until June 9 to unlock these flashy new skins across all platforms. Here’s a full list of every new skin up for grabs.

Legendary

  • Masquerade Reaper 
  • Huitzilopochtli Zenyatta 
  • Little Red Ashe 
  • Submarine Wrecking Ball 
  • Dragoon Mercy 

Epic

  • Carbon Fiber Sigma (Week 1 Challenge, May 19 – May 26)
  • Fleur de Lis Widowmaker (Week 2 Challenge, May 26 – June 2)
  • Masked Man McCree (Week 3 Challenge, June 2 – June 9)
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You can unlock this Carbon Fiber Sigma skin in the first week.

Overwatch Anniversary 2020 Challenges, Brawls, and Unlocks

Winning nine games across three weeks in the Anniversary celebration will land you a heap of new rewards. Each passing week will unlock a new Epic Anniversary Skin, alongside Player Icons, Emotes, and Sprays, as per usual.

These wins can be tallied up throughout any Overwatch playlist, including Competitive, Quick Play, and Arcade.

All previous seasonal event brawls will also be making a return throughout the 2020 Anniversary. Meaning that you can jump back into modes like Junkenstein’s Revenge, Mei’s Yeti Hunt, and yes, even Lucioball for loot boxes and progress towards your weekly unlocks.

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Sprays, Emotes, and Player Icons are also coming in hot.

Fourth Anniversary festivities will come to an end on June 9, so be sure to get your games in over the next few weeks.

With Overwatch 2 looming in the distance, there’s a good chance this could be the final Anniversary event in the original game.

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Why an Overwatch 2 delay could be a blessing in disguise

Published: 17/Jan/2021 23:38 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 23:41

by Bill Cooney

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We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever on Overwatch 2 and everyone wants to see big news at BlizzConline 2021. But if we don’t get a release date, we shouldn’t be treating it like the end of the world.

The hype around Overwatch 2 was incredible when the first trailer and gameplay were revealed at BlizzCon 2019 but, after that, it steadily died down to little more than background noise with no official updates or news whatsoever coming from Jeff Kaplan and the team since.

Really, it’s only coming back on everyone’s radar because of BlizzConline, the online replacement for the canceled 2020 convention starting on February 19. Of course, we don’t know anything about what’s officially going to be covered there, but so far people have been saying we could see anything from just a few shots of new heroes, maps, and other content, all the way to a full-on release date.

But, drawing a line in the sand with a set date could be one of the worst things to do to the game before it even comes out.

Everyone obviously wants to play a good game day one on release, but, we’ve all come to expect to be drip-fed information on the newest upcoming titles at every stage, and to know roughly when they’re coming out. This hasn’t happened for Overwatch 2, and to say people are starting to get anxious over it would be arriving very late to the party.

The way it works though is if a game has a set release date from developers of publishers, then it becomes news when or if that date gets delayed or pushed back, and you better believe the pitchforks will come out on Twitter when people find out they’ll have longer to wait.

You may have seen where this is going, but take Cyberpunk 2077 for example — from E3 through the lead-up to the release (which was delayed multiple times) we were shown video after video of incredible-looking gameplay and promised an immersive, futuristic world to get lost in. We got neither.

Instead, most of us got a bug-filled mess that barely worked unless you had a high-end PC or the latest gen console, and even then it still didn’t deliver everything that was promised. It was so bad, Sony even pulled it from the PlayStation store. Now, just imagine that happening to Overwatch.

Overwatch 2 concept art
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Concept art, screenshots, trailers, and a bit of gameplay are basically all we’ve had to tide us over since 2019.

Not to say Jeff and the Overwatch team aren’t capable of delivering an amazing product — they’ve proven they can do that already — but for the sequel to be the best that it can be, they should take all the time they need. We all want to play OW2 ASAP, but if they need to hold off on a release date a while longer to avoid a broken, buggy joke, then so be it.

“I don’t know, I have no idea,” Kaplan said about a release date all the way back at BlizzCon 2019. “Just let us make it great, that’s all we care about more than anything, we don’t have a date in mind.”

That kind of thinking might be a bit of what endears Jeff to the community, as someone who worked on World of Warcraft when today’s “Classic” was just the entire game, he’s one of the last links to the “old Blizzard,” one that even had its own definition of the word “soon™” coined by fans, which is good to keep in mind as we continue to wait for Overwatch 2.

“Soon™: Copyright pending 2004-2021 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. “Soon™” does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future. “Soon” shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end-user. “Soon” will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that “soon” will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on “soon” as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at “soon.”