Overwatch Anniversary Event starts next week, brings 50 new cosmetics, new deathmatch map

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 14 May 2018 16:06 GMT

It’s official! The second Overwatch Anniversary Event goes live next week.

Following a leak over the weekend, Blizzard has now officially confirmed all the details about Overwatch’s next event, Anniversary.

The Overwatch Anniversary Event begins Tuesday, May 22 and will go on until Tuesday, June 12 on all platforms. Blizzard promises over 50 new cosmetic items, including eight legendary and three epic skins, not to mention dance emotes.

A new deathmatch map will be added on the event’s first day, called Petra. This year, deathmatch will also feature a competitive variant with placement matches and skill rating.

Much like Overwatch’s previous in-game event, this year’s Anniversary Event will also bring back all seasonal cosmetic items for those who missed them the last time around. Some past seasonal brawls will also return to the Arcade, and they’ll be rotating daily.

If you log in during the event, you’ll get a Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, which will net you at least one guaranteed legendary item.

But that’s not all, Blizzard also announced a free weekend that’ll run from May 25 to May 29 on all platforms.

On May 22, the day the event starts, a new version of Overwatch will be released digitally. Called the Legendary Edition, this version will come with 15 skins in legendary, and epic rarities, including Origin skins (previously exclusive to the Origins Edition).

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