Posted 20th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Esports fans have been known for a while that Overwatch is the future of competitive gaming because despite being relatively new to the industry, the Blizzard game has attracted 40 million players from pole to pole. Two of the main contributors to its popularity is the ongoing Overwatch League (OWL) and the timely game updates and surprises from Blizzard.
Blizzard is dedicated to launching and relaunching seasonal themed events. Last February, the groundbreaking Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event where the game was themed around Asian cultures and spring festivals had all gamers and professional players lose their minds over new flags and gaming modes. Last April, the Overwatch Uprising returned as an Overwatch Archive with new gameplay elements and historical lores. Some missed the updates, but some also tremendously enjoyed it. Either way, Blizzard has newer and more exciting things in store for gamers.
The surprise was ruined after Overwatch Anniversary was leaked early on Twitter. Regardless, the event has actually been confirmed for May 22 and will run through June 11. It would be the 2-year anniversary celebration since the full release of the game. If anyone can remember, the first year’s anniversary introduced an array of new skins and boogie dance emotes; over 100 new skins and in-game items were added to the event’s loot boxes, but the biggest ones are the three new arena maps: Castillo, Black Forest, and Necropolis.
The Overwatch Anniversary this year will not just bring new maps and cosmetic items, it also brings back limited edition items and Brawl from all previous events. According to Overwatch assistant game director Aaron Keller and lead writer Michael Chu, they will reveal some “fresh in-game content” no one has seen before.
A new Deathmatch map called Petra is set to launch together with over 50 new cosmetic items and 11 new skins. The ones that will make a comeback are the Legendary loot boxes and the dance emotes for Doomfist, Moira, and Brigitte. Most of the skins virtual appearances remain a mystery, but the official Twitter account of the game, @PlayOverwatch, revealed Lightning Tracer and Venom Soldier skins on May 17.
May 22 is fast approaching and Blizzard has more updates coming in. In fact, a free weekend is already scheduled for players who have yet to experience the glory of Overwatch. From May 25 to 28, all of the game’s 27 heroes and 18 maps will be available for free.
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