Overwatch Anniversary 2018 Event Begins Today, Adds New Legendary Skins

Blizzard Entertainment is celebrating the two year anniversary of Overwatch in a major way. Starting today and lasting until June 11, players of the popular team-based shooter will be able to unlock over 60 new items. A new free-for-all map called Petra has also been added, which is available alongside Chateau Guillard in an optional deathmatch mode.

Overwatch released on May 24, 2016, so it's quite fitting for the two year anniversary to be going down during this time period. The first-person shooter immediately became a hit due to its unique characters and team dynamic. In the past two years, Blizzard has constantly updated the game with new characters and seasonal events to make sure players have a reason to return.

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While the focus is on anniversary items, Blizzard is also taking the two year milestone to celebrate the past. Most of the past seasonal events (such as the Olympics-themed Summer Games or Winter Wonderland) are playable once again, and loot boxes will include items from past seasonal events. So, if you missed a previously exclusive skin this is a rare second chance at unlocking it. The studio also announced that players will get a bonus "Legend Anniversary Loot Box" for logging in during the event, which will guarantee players at least one legendary item.

What makes Overwatch so special is its characters, though, so it wouldn't be an event without new skins. This is no different, as the 2018 anniversary event adds in eight legendary skins. Players will be able to unlock the following until June 11: Stealth Bastion, Shieldmaiden Brigitte, Formal Doomfist, Buccaneer Junkrat, Sherlock McCree, Forest Spirit Orisa, Magician Symmetra, and Cybjörn Torbjörn.

Seasonal events have long been one of Overwatch's strongest pulls to get players back into the game, and this year's anniversary event is a full-fledged celebration of the past. It's great to see the company giving players a chance to unlock cool skins and items that they previously missed out on, and allowing for some of the best limited-time events to make a short comeback. It's not all just a play at nostalgia, though, as the Petra map is being added to the first-person shooter, and all eight of the legendary skins look fantastic. This should go down as one of the strongest seasonal events in Overwatch history and a great way to celebrate the game's anniversary.

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Source: Blizzard Entertainment

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