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Overwatch Anniversary Event Arrives Today Ahead of Free to Play Weekend

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Overwatch Anniversary Event Arrives Today Ahead of Free to Play Weekend

The official Overwatch Anniversary event begins today. The event runs from today, May 23rd, through June 12th. While past events have typically launched later in the day, PVPLive reports that thanks to a Playstation event, we know that the Overwatch Anniversary event will begin at 11 am EST (8 AM PST/10 am Central).

Overwatch Around the World

While the Overwatch team has only been giving glimpses into what the Overwatch Anniversary event will contain, we know there will be new skins, emotes, and new arena maps, thanks to posts from official Overwatch Twitter accounts around the globe. 

The official Overwatch Twitter account gave us a glimpse at the new maps.

The Korean Overwatch Twitter showed us some of the new skins.

The Latin America Overwatch Twitter account teases us with some of the (epic) new dance emotes.

While it is still possible that we will see a Developer Update with Papa Kaplan sometime today, these tidbits of information have been a nice tease for Overwatchers. Having the information come from the game’s various accounts lends to the overall global nature of the game’s following (and the heroes themselves). 

Update: Just minutes ago, Overwatch updated their website and posted to Twitter with new Anniversary info. There are 11 new skins, and every hero gets a dance emote. Check them out here.

True to form, a new Developer Update has been released. Check it out below.

Last week, Overwatch also released a video on YouTube highlighting the success of year one in Overwatch. Check it out below:

In addition to the Overwatch Anniversary event, IGN has been releasing a great series of interviews with Kaplan discussing the tank, support, offense, and defense roles. If you haven’t seen these videos and enjoy learning about the Overwatch creative process, click each role type to see the video.

Free to Play Weekend

Like most event weekends, Overwatch is also running a Free to Play weekend in celebration of the Overwatch Anniversary event. New players can play Overwatch for free on PC, Xbox, and PS4 from Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th.

What are you most excited for in the Overwatch Anniversary event? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.


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