Celebrate Overwatch’s Second Anniversary With a Brand New Event
This time last year, Blizzard has released what some have dubbed the worst seasonal event in Overwatch’s history, as the original Anniversary celebration was marred by a steady amount of controversy related to the rather disappointing approach to the loot. The overall reception of the event in question was in fact so poor, that Blizzard was forced to activate 2XP for the final week of the aforementioned Anniversary.
Looking back at the initial Overwatch Anniversary, it is difficult to say anything positive about it. The skins were fine, but it was borderline impossible to acquire them all, without spending a heavy dose of real life money. The dance emotes were great, but in truth, they all should have been a part of the core item pool and last but certainly not least, the event-centric activities, were simply underwhelming.
Judging by how incredibly tragic the event was, many have lost hope that this year’s anniversary will be any different. However, despite of Blizzard’s stubborn nature, it looks like the developer behind the title and the event, has learned its lesson, and is looking to mend the wounds, which have been opened since last year.
This week, Activision Blizzard has released a short trailer related to this year’s Anniversary, which has showcased a brand new Junkrat skin, and some information about the event itself. And while many will not be impressed by the returning competitive deathmatch, many will be ecstatic about the fact that this year’s event will feature all time-limited skins, from the title’s two year history of events. Meaning that if you’ve missed the Halloween’s McCree Skin, or Sombra’s last year’s Summer Games costume, then you will be able to earn it or them, during the anniversary event – just next week.
The pricing of all previous in-game items remains an unknown, but it is safe to assume that at least the previous Anniversary items will come at a standard price, whereas it is more than likely that skins not directly related to the anniversary event, will cost roughly triple of they would normally cost. Same goes for all the brand new Anniversary items, which will cost triple the usually amount, so if you want the above-mentioned Junkrat skin; you’ll have to spend roughly 3000 coins.
In addition to all of the above-mentioned content, the Anniversary event will also introduce a brand new deathmatch map, in form of Petra and a brand new, previously Twitch Prime exclusive, Legendary Loot Box, for all users who will log-in during the event. As you might have already guessed, the Loot Box in question will guarantee you at least one item of legendary quality.
Judging by all of the above, it is safe to assume that Blizzard has learned its lesson, and is clearly using the Anniversary Celebrations in order to attract more
normies casual players. And while most will not be persuaded by skins alone, to shell out £30 for a multiplayer only title, then they might just be enticed into doing so by the fact that this year’s event will also feature all the previously featured brawls such as the highly coveted Junkenstein’s Revenge, and Archives. But if that’s not enough then Blizzard has you covered, as from 25th of May, all the way until the 28th, Overwatch will be playable free of charge, on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 (PlayStation Plus is not required).
Overwatch Anniversary is set to go live on the 22nd of May, in just over a week, and it will arrive on all platforms with a brand new version of the title. Said reincarnation of Overwatch will feature sets of Legendary, Epic, and Origin skins – 15 in total – and will be available for purchase for as of now, undisclosed amount. The event itself will come to a close on the 11th of June, meaning that if you want to collect all the skins, you have roughly three weeks to do so.