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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.