“The world could always use more heroes.” – Tracer
It’s been one year since Blizzard’s smash-hit Overwatch came busting into our lives and the lives of gamers all over the world. Since that time, Overwatch has introduced new heroes, new maps, amazing events (Junkenstein’s Revenge!) and the ability to sometimes move the payload to the end of a map. Fans of Overwatch have poured hours of their lives into the game, learning the ins and out and finding just the right way to get demolished by one of Torbjorn’s turrets.
To celebrate all those moments, the Overwatch team at Blizzard put together their 1-year Anniversary Event. Here’s what they had to say about the launch of the event today:
We’re humbled and honored to commemorate one year of playing Overwatch with you! What better way to mark the occasion than with new maps and lots of new loot?
We’re adding three new Arena maps to the Arcade, and unleashing more than 100 Anniversary rewards, including our largest-ever release of new Legendary skins! You’ll earn Anniversary Loot Boxes as you play, plus pick up a free box when you log in between May 23 and June 12, 2017. Anniversary Loot Boxes are also available for purchase—but they’ll be locked away after the event ends.
Come celebrate with us!
Celebrate we shall!
You want skins? You got skins! While not every hero got their own skin in this even, the ones that did really stand out. Our favorites so far at the Sentai Genji, the Jazzy Lucio (who has a new soundtrack,) and the Cruiser D.va. These legendary skins cost a pretty penny, 3,000 in-game credits, but are very worthy of the price! You can see the full version of the skins in all their glory right here.
Fun fact: Did you know that to get all the newly introduced “dance” emotes, it would cost you 18,000 credits? And to get all of the items in the event, it would cost over 50,000 credits? Thanks Reddit!
Besides the new skins, Blizzard introduced three new maps for the Arena stages, where 1v1 and 3v3 typically compete. Set in the current levels built into the game, these new areas give players a different view of some of their favorite maps. Plus, see where Sombra does all her hacking into espresso machines!
We’re going to go open our Loot Boxes now and hope for some amazing stuff from this event. We’ll leave you with the man himself, Jeff Kaplan, talking in this Anniversary Developer Update