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When is Overwatch Anniversary 2019? Event dates, skins, and more

Published: 15/May/2019 13:12 Updated: 20/May/2019 11:40

by Joe O'Brien


The next Overwatch in-game event is due to be Overwatch Anniversary, which in 2019 will celebrate three years since the game’s release.

The 2019 iteration of Overwatch Archives, Storm Rising, hasn’t long ended, but already fans can turn their attention to the next event on the calendar.

Anniversary celebrates another year since the title’s release, and appropriately it offers fans a chance to enjoy all of the highlights of Overwatch that are often locked into other seasonal events and therefore unavailable for most of the year.

With another “birthday” for Overwatch also being a noteworthy occasion in the year, Blizzard have also previously used the moment to introduce exciting new content, so it’s very possible that something a little out of the ordinary could also be on the cards.

Blizzard haven’t yet revealed many details for the 2019 event, but we have a fairly good idea what to expect based on previous iterations.

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch Anniversary celebrates another year since the game’s release.

When is Overwatch Anniversary?

Overwatch have officially announced that the Overwatch Anniversary begins on May 21, after posting a short animation inviting players to take part in the celebration.

Although the event is set to take place on May 21, there have been no details released as of yet on how long the event will last for.

Blizzard have yet to officially reveal how long the 2019 Overwatch Anniversary event spans for, but it is likely to last for three weeks if it remains consistent to previous years. In 2018 and 2017, the event kicked off on May 22 and 23 respectively, ending three weeks later on June 11 and 12.

Blizzard EntertainmentBlizzard aren’t tied to a seasonal theme with new skins for Overwatch Anniversary.

What skins will Overwatch Anniversary offer?

As always, a new event means a selection of new cosmetic items. In the case of Anniversary, this year’s event will offer a total of nine new skins, with three of Epic and six of Legendary rarity.

So far, there aren’t many details regarding the new skins, although the first Legendary – a D.Va skin that Jeff Kaplan said would “break the internet” – has now been revealed.

In addition to the Anniversary skins, the event will also unlock all other event skins. Usually, event skins are only available during the event that they’re related to, so players typically only have three weeks per year in which to unlock them.

For those that missed previous events, didn’t get lucky with loot boxes or didn’t have enough credits to unlock skins they wanted at the time, Anniversary offers another shot at picking up any cosmetics, regardless of what event they’re linked to.

Blizzard Entertainment2018’s Overwatch Anniversary introduced new arena map Petra.

What game modes will Overwatch Anniversary offer?

Anniversary is a celebration of all things Overwatch, and as with the skins, when it comes to game modes this means revisiting Brawls that are typically limited to particular events.

If Blizzard follow suit with last year’s Anniversary, fans can expect to see the various event brawls like Snowball Offensive, Lúcioball, and the various Archives missions appear in the Arcade on a rotating schedule.

It’s also possible that Blizzard will once again introduce a new arena map – one of the smaller maps used for fast-paced, close-quarters modes like Deathmatch – as this event has typically been where they have expanded that map pool.

Blizzard EntertainmentBlizzard celebrated Overwatch Anniversary in 2018 with a stop-motion animated video.

Other Anniversary content

In 2018, Blizzard also marked the anniversary celebrations with a stop-motion animated video, titled “Trace and Bake”.

With the video having proven very popular, Blizzard have since returned to the style for a video celebrating Christmas to end 2018, and animator Justin Rasch has suggested that more such videos could be on the cards in future.

Whether it comes in the form of another stop-motion video or something else entirely, it wouldn’t be too surprising for Blizzard to offer some additional out-of-game content to mark Overwatch’s third anniversary.

Last Updated: May 20, 6:30 AM EST


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

Blizzard Entertainment
The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.