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Overwatch’s Anniversary Event and Game of the Year Edition Arrive Next Week

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Let’s get this Overwatch party started!

Today, Blizzard has announced that Overwatch’s next seasonal event will arrive next week and will celebrate the game’s one-year anniversary. A Game of the Year Edition has also been announced, and will also arrive next week.

Accompanied by a Year in Review trailer (included below), the Overwatch Anniversary event was dated for next Tuesday, May 23. At the time of writing, Blizzard has yet to reveal exactly what the Anniversary event will include, but if it’s anything like previous events, expect skins, maps, special game modes, and more.


Alongside the announcement of the Overwatch Anniversary event, Blizzard announced that an Overwatch Game of the Year Edition will also release on May 23. The Game of the Year Edition will be available digitally on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and will get players the following in-game items.

  • Overwatch – 10 Bonus Loot Boxes

    • Enjoy 10 bonus Loot Boxes which each contain random items that can be used to customize the appearance of your heroes and personalize them. Loot Boxes may include Skins, Emotes, Victory Poses, Voice Lines, Sprays, and Highlight Intros, as well as Credits you can use to acquire many different customization options.
  • Overwatch – Hero Skins

    • Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison skins. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!
  • Heroes of the Storm – Tracer Hero
    • Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.
  • World of Warcraft – Baby Winston Pet
    • Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight your way through Azeroth
  • Diablo III – Mercy’s Wings
    • Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy’s wings. All of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!
  • StarCraft II In-game Portraits and a Hearthstone Card Back!

    • With portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76, you’re sure to become a champion of the Koprulu Sector. You can also battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!

Rounding out the Year One celebrations, Blizzard will also be running an Overwatch Free-Weekend from May 26-29. Every hero and map will be playable across a number of different game modes.

Are you hyped for the Anniversary event? Let us know down in the comments below.

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