Overwatch Announces Anniversary Event, Free Weekend, Game of the Year Edition

Overwatch Announces Anniversary Event, Free Weekend, Game of the Year Edition

Blizzard has revealed an Overwatch Anniversary event coming May 23rd to celebrate a year of the game’s release. They have not revealed specific details of the event but did release this highlight reel video with the announcement:

Additionally, a free weekend has been scheduled from May 26th – May 29th for all platforms. If you buy after you try, all of your progress will carry over.

Furthermore, the announcement also came with the reveal of the Overwatch Game of the Year Edition which will release on May 23rd for all platforms. In addition to the base game, the GOTY edition will include the following goodies for Blizzard’s other titles:

  • Overwatch – 10 Bonus Loot Boxes: Enjoy 10 bonus Loot Boxes which each contain random items that can be used to customize the appearance of your heroes and personalize them. Loot Boxes may include Skins, Emotes, Victory Poses, Voice Lines, Sprays, and highlight Intros, as well as Credits you can use to acquire many different customization options.

  • Overwatch – Hero Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison skins. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!

  • Heroes of the Storm – Tracer Hero: Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.

  • World of Warcraft – Baby Winston Pet: Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight your way through Azeroth.

  • Diablo III – Mercy’s Wings: Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy’s wings. All of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!

  • StarCraft II In-game Portraits and a Hearthstone Card Back: With portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76, you’re sure to become a champion of the Koprulu Sector. You can also battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!


Has it really only been a year? It’s hard to imagine there was a gaming world without Overwatch in it. Thoughts on the upcoming happenings? GOTY editions are always a great time to jump in if you’ve been on the fence.

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