What is the Anniversary Event?
Every year since Overwatch’s release in 2016, the game hosts Anniversary events that mainly recap what happened since the last Anniversary. Instead of introducing a majority of new content like the other holiday events, the Anniversary focuses on revisiting past updates. That means that all the skins you weren’t able to previously afford can now be yours. Players can also replay old Archives events and modes like Junkenstein’s Revenge. This year’s Anniversary event runs from May 21st through June 10th.
The Anniversary event will add six new legendary skins and three epic skins. On top of that, players will be blessed with dancing emotes for Baptiste, Ashe, and Wrecking Ball.
The official Overwatch Twitter has released two of the newest skins prior to the event.
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Protect the payload as Gargoyle Winston!
Overwatch Anniversary begins on May 21! pic.twitter.com/ipt4WdBVpU
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) May 20, 2019
The first skin is Gargoyle Winston, arguably one of the better cosmetics in the game. While I’m not sure if it tops the majesty of Yeti Winston, it’s an improvement from some of his other legendary skins.
Time to raise my GPA.
Hit the books as Academy D․Va!
Overwatch Anniversary begins on May 21! pic.twitter.com/yLoZdchlE4
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) May 19, 2019
Players can also receive the Academy D.Va skin. Jeff Kaplan claimed this skin would “break the internet.” I’m honestly not that impressed. While it is a genuinely cute skin, I’d rather see some more cosmetics related to her intense lore instead of a school girl outfit or a cat costume.
Week Free Trial
On top of the newest cosmetics and replayability of the previous events, this Anniversary brings with it a week free trial from May 21st through the 28th. This trial is a great time to get reluctant friends to test out the game and see if they like it before purchasing it. Free trials include all the game’s content.
An event like this is a great way to test the waters of Overwatch. Players can try all the previous game modes and earn skins they haven’t yet unlocked. These events also remind us all why we love and continue to play the game. While it’s taken a while to get on its feet, Overwatch is getting better at adding content the player base enjoys, and the constant improvements are leading us in a great direction.