Overwatch Anniversary Event Start Date Officially Announced

Also coming alongside the Anniversary Event is an Overwatch Game of the Year Edition, something that also leaked this week ahead of the initial reveal. Members of the Overwatch development team have been teasing new maps - for competitive play and special game modes - with some of these maps said to be well into development. While it plays like a free-to-play games with its loot boxes and cosmetics, it's a paid product - it retails for $60 on console (it's $40 on PC for the base version), and it's the first game with this model to reach this level of success. We may learn more as it gets closer to next Tuesday, or we could just be surprised during launch. This is May 28 at 5PM for those in Pacific Daylight Time and May 28 at 8PM for those in the Eastern timezone. Blizzard didn't announce the Game of the Year Edition's price; the Origins Edition costs $60, while the base came now costs $40.

Blizzard held a secret Overwatch event in NYC overnight, announcing the much-hyped Anniversary Event, a new Game of the Year Edition that comes with a stack of loot, as well as a free weekend to ring in the one-year celebration.

Enjoy 10 bonus Loot Boxes which each contain random items that can be used to customize the appearance of your heroes and personalize them. Explore other heroes' origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer.

Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy's wings. The team-based shooter came out past year on May 24 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can also battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!

  • Arturo Norris