Overwatch‘s new Archives event is now live, bringing with it some of the most content we’ve ever seen in a single Overwatch update.
The Archives event offers up not one, but two cooperative PvE modes, including the returning Uprising mode, and the new Retribution mode. Both modes feature two variations, one in which you play as set characters following the storyline of the event, and the other that lets players take it on with any hero assortment they choose. While Uprising followed Tracer’s first Overwatch mission in King’s Row, Retribution tells the tale of a Blackwatch mission gone south. The Venice map on which Retribution takes place is not currently in the game outside of the Retribution mode, but it will be added as a permanent Payload map sometime soon.
In addition to new modes, there is a massive amount of Archive-themed content now available in the event’s loot boxes. Sprays and emotes are nice, but what people really care about are the Legendary skins. All of last year’s Uprising event skins have returned at reduced prices, and players can also enjoy eight new skins for Reaper, Doomfist, Winston, Hanzo, Sombra, Lucio, Moira, and Mei. Some of the skins harken back to the heroes’ days in Blackwatch or Talon, while the others just give us a look at the hero before they got in bed with Overwatch.
Most of these skins can be seen in the event’s launch trailer below.
The only hero inexplicably missing from the trailer is Mei, but you can see her new skin in the following tweet.
Overwatch Archives file located…
Subject identified: PAJAMEI
File content available for download in t-minus: 2 days pic.twitter.com/B7WosaoUHh
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 8, 2018
Overwatch‘s Archives event runs from now until April 30th. The update introducing the event also includes the selection of hero rebalances previously active on the game’s public test region.