The latest Overwatch developer update confirms all of the information recently revealed about the upcoming Anniversary event, but a few hints in the video tease some potential surprises for the event as well.
Hosted by your friendly neighborhood game director, Jeff Kaplan, the crux of the video covers the basic details previous confirmed about the Anniversary event, such as the return of all past seasonal cosmetic items and brawls, as well as the introduction of the new Deathmatch map, Petra.
While most of the information Kaplan offers up is old news, there are two interesting points of note throughout the video, with the first coming up when he discusses the new Petra Deathmatch map. The map features a large health pack in the center of the map, in an area that Kaplan claims gets “increasingly dangerous as the match goes on.” This could be interpreted as the competition simply getting more intense over the course of the match, but some speculate that it is actually a tease for one of the game’s first truly dynamic maps.
Previous Overwatch maps have featured dynamic elements, like the low-gravity area in Horizon Lunar Colony, or the traffic and jump pads in Oasis, but these features are always out of the way and ultimately have very little effect on the match. If Kaplan is implying what fans think he is, Petra could feature elements that will majorly shift the flow of combat in central zones of the map, possibly using hazards based on the dilapidation of the real-world environment.
The second hint in the video is a little more overt, but still forces the community to speculate. Toward the end of the update, Kaplan teases that one of the event’s eight unrevealed Legendary skins will be “a certain dapper-looking gentleman that [we] very much asked [Blizzard] what he would look like in formal wear.” While this could be the highly-requested Reaper Masquerade skin, the general community consensus seems to be that Kaplan is hinting at Doomfist in his white tux, seen in the same Masquerade comic as Reaper’s outfit.
Other details to surface since the Anniversary event’s initial announcement include the fact that returning seasonal skins will be cheaper than new Anniversary event skins, as many speculated, and that the Competitive Deathmatch variant will only support Free-For-All, not Team Deathmatch.
Overwatch‘s second Anniversary event will run from May 22nd to June 11th.