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Overwatch leak could hint at upcoming Archives event details

by Joe O'Brien

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A supposedly leaked Overwatch achievement might hint at upcoming content in the next iteration of the Archives in-game event.

Overwatch Archives is one of the staple events of the game’s annual calendar, and one that holds a special place in the hearts of many fans.

Archives’ elevated status is due to the fact that it is one of the only sources of PvE content and expansion on the game’s lore, both of which are much-requested by fans, but rarely offered by Blizzard.

The inaugural Archives event allowed players to experience Tracer’s first mission with Overwatch, while 2018’s edition, “Retribution”, saw Blackwatch commander Gabriel Reyes take one of his first steps towards becoming Reaper in an ill-fated mission in Rialto.

The 2019 iteration of Archives is expected to offer a new mission, and a supposed leaked achievement might offer a hint as to what that mission might entail.

The supposed leaked achievement.

The achievement, seen above, appears to feature the silhouettes of four characters. The top left, most clear of the quartet, seems to be Sombra sporting her Talon skin’s haircut. The others are less apparent, although there has been speculation that Doomfist, Baptiste, and perhaps either Moira or Widowmaker might be represented.

The common factor, of course, is that all are or were Talon operatives. Baptiste is known to have abandoned Talon, but if he is in fact included, it seems we could see the first mission played from the Talon perspective take place in a time before Baptiste’s desertion – perhaps even the very cause of that decision.

Given that Sombra’s icon apparently shows her in her Talon skin, it seems likely that the other heroes involved who do not yet have Talon skins in-game – Moira and Baptiste, if indeed they are the mystery characters – would be getting Talon skins with the event as well.

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Last year's Archives event, Retribution, featured a Blackwatch mission in Rialto.

It’s worth taking all of this with a pinch of salt, however. Fake “leaks” are by no means unheard of, and in this particular case others have struggled to verify the source of the supposed achievement, leading to scepticism about its veracity.

Assuming Blizzard stick to their usual schedule, the next edition of Overwatch Archives is due to kick off around April 10. So far there’s been no official word on what to expect from the event this time around.