Overwatch celebrates its 2nd anniversary with goodies

The Glampire Queen

Two years of terrible Hanzo mains. Two years of Mercy wondering why she even bothers. Two years of weirdly time-limited co-op events and two years of fan-art of everyone doing smooches on everyone else. Overwatch has been a wild ride so far, and there’s plenty yet to come, but for the time being Blizzard are celebrating with three weeks of dancing, returning events and cosmetic goodies, plus a new Deathmatch map.

The biggest addition for this event is the Petra map, which Alice took a longer peek at here. Set in the Egyptian desert, it’s a small, tight warren of tunnels built into the mountains with plenty of opportunities to knock people off high ledges. It’s full of jump pads leading to higher vantage points (Widowmakers take note), but that comes with its own obvious risks. The other big thing happening in pure gameplay terms is an encore for every seasonal brawl to date, cycling daily. Today, it’s Lucioball. Tomorrow, who knows? The co-op events and the asymmetrical Yeti Hunt will be included in this rotation, too.

Every character is getting in the party spirit for the anniversary, with new skins for all (many dance-party themed, but a few seem to think it’s a costume event), plus new dance emotes, new sprays and all the usual Overwatch cosmetic gubbins. 50 new pieces in all, plus the temporary return of every other seasonal cosmetic item added to the loot box drops. If there was ever a time to grind to fill out your Overwatch wardrobe, now would be it.

Along with the anniversary event, they’re putting the game on sale for the duration. The basic edition of the game is down by 50% to a quite palatable $20, while the new Legendary Edition (which includes 15 fancy character skins, but otherwise feature-identical) is down 33%¬†from RRP from $60 to $40. You can snag both of these direct over on Blizzard’s store.


  1. TormDK says:

    The free legendary lootbox got me three legendaries I didn’t have, so quite nice.

    Even if the loot pool is now completely deluded with all sorts of crap from the last year.

  2. Excors says:

    There’s competitive FFA deathmatch too. I did the 10 placement matches and was surprised at how few anti-fun heroes were being picked – only a couple of Torbjorns and Brigittes, and a few Moiras and Roadhogs, and mostly people were sensible and went McCree/Genji/Soldier/Doomfist/Reaper/etc, which was nice. And I ended up at very nearly the same rank as former pro player xQc, which means either (a) I’m awesome, or (b) the placement system is utterly broken. I’m leaning towards (a).

    Petra seems quite nice. I find the Chateau map usually focuses heavily on the basement and front courtyard, with many-person fights where it’s just luck if you get the final blow, and if you spawn around the back then it feels like a long trek to reach the action. Petra is more evenly distributed, from what I’ve seen so far – there is an open central area but the action usually happens in all the corridors around it, and that means the fights are more often fair 1v1s.

  3. zlate42 says:

    Come On! Petra is not in Egypt! Even I, an uneducated eastern European knows this.

    • pentraksil says:

      Contrary to popular belief, Easter Europeans are pretty educated…Especially geography wise. We are just stubborn and we usually suck at applyng that knowledge for practical use :D

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