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Overwatch Archives 2020 event: skins, challenges, brawls, more

Published: 12/Mar/2020 18:01 Updated: 12/Mar/2020 18:08

by Brad Norton

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Overwatch’s Archives event is back for 2020, boasting brand new skins, weekly challenges, and unique missions for players to complete throughout its duration.

The annual Archives event has made an appearance throughout the past three years and has just been made available once again in 2020. Taking players on a trip down memory lane, the event allows the Overwatch community to play through three unique PvE chapters.

Adding a unique spin on the formula, each week will present a fresh set of missions and challenges for players to sink their teeth into in order to unlock a wide array of content.

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Zarya is one of many heroes that received a fresh look with the 2020 event.

A month ahead of the typical yearly schedule, 2020’s Archives event is live across the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC from March 12 through until April 2.

 Boasting 5 Legendary skins, 3 Epic skins, as well as a number of icons, emotes, and spray, the three-week affair will have plenty for dedicated Overwatch players to accomplish.

Spicing up the familiar gameplay of Uprising, Retribution, and Storm Rising missions from years past, each passing week will offer a new set of modifiers to up the ante. Referred to as ‘Challenge Missions,’ each week will play out as follows.

  • Week One – Uprising Missions
    • Molten Cores – Enemies drop Lava on death
    • Glass Cannon – Players have 50% less health and increased damage
  • Week Two – Retribution Missions
    • Surgical Strike – Only critical hits do damage to enemies
    • Close Quarters – Enemies can only be damaged if a player is nearby
  • Week Three – Storm Rising Missions
    • Blood Moon Rising – No Support heroes and healing is reduced. Heal yourself by doing damage
    • Storm Raging – Some enemies are enraged. Killing them spreads the rage
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New sprays, emotes, and player icons will also be made available.

Including in the 2020 Archives event are five brand new Legendary skins that can be found in the event-specific loot boxes.

This year, iconic heroes are given a stylish makeover as Junkrat enters the fight wearing a crown fit for a king, and Pharah takes to the skies with a cool pair of sunglasses to block out both the shade, and the haters.

Zarya, Ana, and Torbjörn have also been decked out with new costumes in celebration of the event. Players will be able to unlock each unique skin until the Archives event comes to an end on April 2.

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Pharah dons a slick pair of shades with her new Legendary skin.

Moreover, weekly challenges will also be available throughout the event, allowing players to unlock Epic skins with relative ease. 

Winning nine games across Quick Play, Arcade, and Competitive will grant you the following rewards on top of various player icons and sprays.

  • Week One – Holi Symmetra (Epic skin)
  • Week Two – Rustclad Torbjörn (Epic skin)
  • Week Three – Bear Mei (Epic skin)
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Torbjörn gets a fresh coat of paint with his new Archives skin.

From new cosmetics to intriguing challenges that rotate on a weekly basis, the 2020 Archives event will provide something new for all Overwatch players throughout its duration.

This could be the last trip down memory lane in the lore-heavy event before the Overwatch narrative is propelled years into the future with Overwatch 2.

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Overwatch player shows that the Blizzard World roller coaster is deadly

Published: 3/Dec/2020 11:26

by Lauren Bergin

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Thanks to a player hopping over the pond to the Blizzard World rollercoaster, Overwatch fans can finally get an insight into how the ride works. 

Blizzard World has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic maps. Featuring a whole host of little Easter Eggs such as the Heroes of the Storm Arcade, Diablo themed castle and Hearthstone Tavern, there’s one thing that fans have always wanted to take a look at: the roller coaster.

Decked out in the Hoarde themed banners featured in World of Warcraft, the roller coaster forms the perfect background to the Blizzard World battleground. When you’re not busy destroying the competition as Doomfist, it’s fun to take a moment to consider what a real-life Blizzard theme park would look like.

Well, as shown by one Reddit user, the roller coaster maybe isn’t something you’d want to take a spin on.

Overwatch Blizzard World Heroes Arcade
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The Heroes Arcade is just one of many Blizzard references.

How to get to the Blizzard World roller coaster

One user on Reddit decided that while exploring as Pharah, they would jump jet all the way across the lake to take a closer look at the mysterious WoW themed carnival ride.

User MrIconicPlus posted a video showing himself sitting on one of the castle parapets across from the Hearthstone Tavern. From here, they use Pharah’s jump jet to weave around obstacles to reach the roller coaster.

Providing us with a bird’s eye view, MrIconicPlus’ video sees the roller-coaster plunge into the ground and take incredibly sharp corners at high speeds, things that would most likely leave riders in a tricky spot.

This is how the roller coaster functions in Blizzard World from r/Overwatch

The comments are full of fans reacting to Blizzard’s slightly lackluster animations.

One user wrote a warning to the park management to fix their ride otherwise they ‘might get shut down for this’.

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Another fan claimed that the roller coaster ‘needs a nerf’, because it’ll likely be one-shotting park goers left, right and center.

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Finally, one player reminisced over their time creating virtual theme parks in the iconic Roller Coaster Tycoon, where often park attendees would fall out of roller coasters that were designed to go too fast or too high.

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So while the Blizzard World roller coaster may look like a fun ride for thrill-seekers, it may not be the best idea to give it a whirl if the park is ever built in real life. It’s certainly a fun one for fans of Warcraft to look at, but riding it may bring you a little bit too close to becoming Forsaken and joining the Hoarde.