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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.