19 May 2021 10:34 AM +00:00

When does the next Overwatch Anniversary in-game event start?

Overwatch's Anniversary event always offers lots of new skins, challenges, and a general celebration of all things Overwatch.

This year is no different. If you just can't wait to get started, here's when you can get in there.

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LATEST - When Does It Start?

We're not going to pretend to know why Blizzard has slipped into this habit of letting everyone know their plans the day before they start, but that's how Blizzard operate now.

Overwatch's Anniversary event is now live for players to jump in.

Thankfully, we already had a rough idea of when the next Overwatch Anniversary event was due to start so this isn't too much of a surprise. The event itself will run for three weeks, as per the standard for Overwatch in-game events nowadays, and is due to finish on June 8th.

We don't know exactly what's in store yet, as it changes over weeks, but the video above does give us a look at a couple of new skins and what looks like a universal Dance Emote.

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Who Should Get A New Skin?

As much as we enjoy the new limited-time modes and additional maps, when they are added, Overwatch events always bring a new batch of cosmetics and the Hero skins are a big talking point amongst fans. We don't think the 2021 Anniversary Event is going to be any different.

However, who should actually get a new skin in the upcoming iteration of the Anniversary Event?

We're always under the impression that Tracer gets all the skins, but the true figures might surprise you. We've counted all the Anniversary Event skins below and have the current figures...

Three Anniversary Event Skins

  • D.Va
  • Pharah
Overwatch Anniversary Event 2021 Pharah Orbital Skin
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ONLY TWO? - Only two Overwatch Heroes have three Anniversary Event skins

Two Anniversary Event Skins

  • Doomfist
  • Symmetra
  • Lucio
  • Widowmaker
  • McCree
  • Tracer
  • Soldier: 76
  • Mei
  • Genji
  • Brigitte
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One Anniversary Event Skin

  • Roadhog
  • Mercy
  • Ashe
  • Torbjorn
  • Sombra
  • Zenyatta
  • Junkrat
  • Reaper
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That looks like all of them, but who's missing?

Baptiste, Echo, Ana, Moira and Reinhardt are currently without an Anniversary Event cosmetic. We know Echo is the newest Overwatch hero, so this makes sense, but Reinhardt? He's one of the original roster!

We don't usually find out what skins are dropping until a few days before the event's release, but Reinhardt has to get a new skin this time around.

Overwatch Anniversary Event Details

The Overwatch Anniversary Event is a pretty mixed-bag event as it doesn't have a strict seasonal theme like the other in-game events we see throughout the year.

This means that the event-limited cosmetics and skins we see are pretty random and some of the best in Overwatch.

Last year saw the return of all the other limited-time Brawls in a rotating playlist and we're expecting something similar to appear alongside Weekly Challenges and a new batch of Anniversary Event Hero Skins.

Roadhog Skull Overwatch Anniversary Event Start 2021 Toxic
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SKULLHOG? - Yeah, we don't know how Roadhog is still alive at this point