Overwatch‘s second Anniversary event is now live, with new Legendary skins, returning seasonal cosmetic items, a new Deathmatch map, and much more.
The event’s new skins were leaked after a timing issue launched the event on Taiwanese servers early, so fans have already got a look at all the new outfits. For anyone that missed a crucial skin from an older Overwatch seasonal event, the new Anniversary event brings back every past seasonal cosmetic item, to be collected from the new Anniversary loot boxes, or purchased with in-game currency (skins released at or before last year’s Anniversary event can be purchased at reduced prices).
A new Deathmatch map has joined the fray in honor of the event, named Petra. Themed after the real-world Middle-Eastern location, Petra has one of the game’s first centrally-located dynamic map hazards, with the floor around a key Health Pack falling away as the match progresses. This new map can be enjoyed in a normal Deathmatch mode, or in the event’s new Competitive Deathmatch variant. Additionally, past seasonal brawl modes will be on rotation in Overwatch‘s Arcade environment throughout the duration of the event.
A number of hero readjustments also dropped in tandem with the event. Hanzo has seen a minor damage reduction to his new Storm Arrows ability, slightly mitigating the oppressive damage he’s been dealing since his rework. Brigitte, who has a new skin in this event, has seen two moderate nerfs, increasing the cooldown of her Shield Bash and limiting the maximum amount of armor her ultimate can provide. Finally, Ana has been granted a particularly useful adjustment, allowing her shots to pass through teammates at full health which improves her capacity to support her team when they’re grouped up. She has also received an increased clip size and, more interestingly, can now Nano Boost herself, but only in Free-For-All Deathmatch.
Overwatch‘s second Anniversary event runs from today, May 22nd, until June 11th.
The game’s Anniversary celebration continues with the digital launch of its new Legendary Edition. In addition to the game, the Legendary Edition grants players 15 skins, including five Legendary skins, five Origin skins, and five Epic skins, all of which can be seen in the trailer below. Both the Legendary and normal editions of Overwatch are on sale until June 5th, discounted at $39.99 and $19.99 respectively.
In other Overwatch news, a rework for Symmetra is expected to drop fairly soon, with an update on the character’s progress recently posted to the game’s forums.
Source: Overwatch Forum