As announced last week, Overwatch is celebrating its one year anniversary with a new seasonal event, which launches today. Overwatch Anniversary will run from May 23rd to June 12th, and will feature three new maps for the Arena mode, along with over 100 new items to collect (including some new dance emotes).
But, as always, you’re not really here for that, you’re here for the new skins for the heroes. And, man, does Blizzard have some amazing unlockables on offer with this one. Whether it’s the jazz Lució (complete with a new soundtrack for his musical buffs), the Power Rangers-esque Genji, or the almost robotic Zarya skin (who’s been in desperate need of a good look for ages), it’s hard to pick a favorite.
Of course, like any other Overwatch event, you’ll mostly be at the mercy of the game’s randomized loot boxes to actually get most of these skins, although players who have accrued enough in-game credits will be able to unlock them that way. Blizzard will happily sell you more loot boxes, should you prefer to try and pay your way to a new look for your favorite character; each Anniversary loot box guarantees one of the new items.
Along with the anniversary event, the previously announced Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition is also available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC starting today. The Game of the Year Edition include 10 free loot boxes, a collection of throwback skins from the “Origins” version of the game, and Overwatch-themed in-game items in Diablo III, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, and Heroes of the Storm.
Blizzard will eventually be selling the Game of the Year Edition for $59.99, but as part of the anniversary event it’s offering it at a special introductory price of $39.99. If you’re not into the extra loot, Blizzard is also running a sale on the vanilla version of Overwatch, which will cost $29.99 instead of the usual $39.99. Lastly, players looking to upgrade from the standard version of Overwatch to the Game of the Year Edition will be able to do so for $9.99 (or $19.99 after the anniversary sale).