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07 Apr 2021

When is the next Overwatch Event going to start?

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We're talking about the next major Overwatch event and what's in-store for Tracer and the gang in the future.

Below, we've got everything you need to know about the next Overwatch event

We'll make sure this page is kept up to date as and when more information arrives.

LATEST - Archives 2021 Has Begun

It's time to get back into the fight, whenever that might be, as the Overwatch Archives Event for 2021 has started!

The new batch of Archives event-limited skins are, once again, the highlight of the event and you can see which are included in the Weekly Challenges below:

Unusually, there isn't actually any new PvE modes in this year's iteration of the event. Rather, Blizzard has added some "Mission Modifiers" in an effort to change up the existing PvE experiences.

READ MORE: When Did The Event Actually Start?

These aren't bad in any respect, but are they another sign that Overwatch is in decline? It's been a long time since we had a new Hero and now this? It doesn't look good.

Archives Event 2021 Release Date

Although we don't know a whole lot about what's in store, we do know that we now have a release date for the next Overwatch event!

The Archives Event is back, as predicted, and it's coming on April 6th!

We're not sure what Legendary Skins we'll see but we do know that we should be able to play through all the previous PvE LTMs like last year.

Next Overwatch Event

Before we start, there are a few things that are worth mentioning about all Overwatch in-game events.

Every Overwatch event is on for three weeks and replaces standard loot boxes with Seasonal Loot Boxes that offer up the event-limited cosmetics.

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These include new skins, emotes, victory poses, highlight intros, and more. But, what's better is that all the old event-limited cosmetic items are available too!

READ MORE: Overwatch Is Getting A Few Visual Upgrades On Xbox

So, if you missed out on a Roadhog skin from last year, there's a chance you can get it this time around. Alternatively, you can spend in-game coins on event-limited cosmetics during the event like you can standard skins.

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We can't imagine Blizzard is going to change things for the next Overwatch event but we'll keep this updated as and when more information is revealed.

The Archives Event

This is the next seasonal event we're expecting in Overwatch and frankly... It's a little late.

In previous years, the Archives event has started a couple of weeks into April. However, the Archives 2020 event began on March 12th, almost a month earlier.

READ MORE: Everything We Know About Overwatch Archives 2021 Event

With almost no official information about the Archives 2021 event, we can only assume that it will start within the first two weeks of April like Archives 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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LORE SKINS - Every Archives skin tells an important story about the character it's for

The Archives event is where Blizzard stretches their narrative chops and add PvE experiences to Overwatch that are all about the game's lore.

READ MORE: Every New 2021 Overwatch Archives Event Skins

During this event, all the cosmetics tell a story and the PvE scenarios offer an exciting change of gameplay that we can only assume is what we should expect going into Overwatch 2 in the future.

Overwatch's Anniversary

After the Archives event, it's usually only a couple of weeks until Overwatch's Anniversary event is the next Overwatch event to grace our screens. It has started between May 19th and May 22nd in the past.

This event, as the name suggests, is all about celebrating the release of Overwatch and this next year will be its' fifth anniversary.

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CREATIVE - The Anniversary event skins are always the best out there!

We're expecting big things from this event and maybe even more information about Overwatch 2!

READ MORE: Overwatch 2 Is Coming In 2022... As It Stands

This event has also been known to introduce smaller competitive modes, like Lockout Elimination and a Limited Duel arena mode. With Overwatch's workshop feature, expect this to continue.

The Summer Games

Following this, the Overwatch Summer Games often begins in early August and marks the return of Lucioball for an exciting three-week period.

This limited-time game mode plays a little like Rocket League, but everyone is Lucio and has recently featured both a casual and competitive playlist.

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WE TAKE IT BACK! - Okay, this event might have the best skins

The cosmetics for this event are all based on sporting attire or "summer" themed, as you might imagine.

We're expecting something familiar from this years' Summer Games as it doesn't change very often. A new Lucioball Arena would be nice, though!

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Blizzard often teases their new event-limited cosmetics for upcoming events a few days before the event launches so keep an eye on their social media channels for the latest.

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