07 Apr 2021 6:19 AM +00:00

Overwatch Archives Event 2021 Has Begun

Overwatch Archives is one of the game's best annual events, and it's finally arrived!

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Here's everything you need to know about Overwatch Archives 2021.

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Overwatch players can hop right in-game to experience the new Overwatch Archives content this year, and things are already starting off fast!

Check out the rewards available in week one below:


Three New Skins Revealed


We always knew we were getting new skins in this Archives Event, but now we know what three of them look like!

Overwatch has three new "skin trailers" that showcase Bushi Genji, Mousquetaire Widowmaker, and Soldier: 1776 Soldier: 76.

You can watch them all below to see the new Overwatch Archives skins for 2021 so far:


This trio of new Overwatch Archives skins can be picked up in Archives Loot Boxes AND via Coin Purchase when the event begins.

READ MORE: When Is The Next Overwatch Event Taking Place?

Release Date

A release date for the upcoming Overwatch Archives Event has finally gone live!

The event will run from April 6th to April 27th, giving players three weeks to enjoy it.


Story Updates

It is expected that the Archives Event will focus on character stories, based on previous events.


Previous Archives events have focused on Tracer, Reaper and McCree.

This year, new skins have been revealed for Genji and Widowmaker, so they may get some extra attention.

New Skins

As with previous events, we can expect to see many brand new skins come to the game.

Some of the new skins have now been revealed, including Bushi Genji and Mousquetaire Widowmaker!

Overwatch Archives Skins Bushi Genji
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PREVIEW: Some new skins coming in Overwatch Archives have been revealed

Read over all of the Overwatch Archives skins from the event's history below.

2021 Skins

  • Mousquetaire Widowmaker
  • Bushi Genji

2020 Skins


  • Bear Mei - Weekly Reward Skin
  • Holi Symmetra - Weekly Reward Skin
  • Rustclad Torbjorn - Weekly Reward Skin


  • Aviator Pharah - 1000 Coins
  • King Jamison Junkrat - 1000 Coins
  • Militia Roadhog - 1000 Coins
  • Sniper Ana - 1000 Coins
  • Workout Zarya - 1000 Coins

2019 Skins


  • Circus Junkrat - 250 Coins
  • High Roller Wrecking Ball - 250 Coins
  • Racer Zarya - 250 Coins


  • Deadlock McCree - 1000 Coins
  • Formal: 76 Soldier: 76 - 1000 Coins
  • Gwinshin Bastion - 1000 Coins
  • Scientist Moira - 1000 Coins
  • Socialite Ashe - 1000 Coins
  • Talon Baptiste - 1000 Coins

Arcade Mode

One of the main focuses of the Archives Event is a PVE arcade mode that focuses on the lore of the game and its characters.

The Arcade Mode is a four-player mode, rather than the traditional six-player teams found in regular Overwatch matches.

These began with Uprising, taking place on Kings Row, and each year adds a new PvE experience on a familiar location.

Overwatch Archives Event Uprising Null Sector
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UPRISING - The first PvE Archives Event was released in 2017, a year after launch

On top of new content, all of the old PvE missions will be available for you to replay during the event.


Weekly Challenges

We can expect to see Weekly Challenges added to the Archives Event.

Each week has three challenge milestones for players to complete:

  • Win 3 Games
  • Win 6 Games
  • Win 9 Games

Which will reward the following:

  • Event Player Icon
  • Event Spray
  • Event Epic Skin

Although there is no word on what these will look like just yet, we expect this year's Archives Event to follow the trend and include these Weekly Challenges.

Keep an eye on Blizzard's Official Overwatch Archives Event Page for more information on the event in the coming weeks.