Overwatch 05 May 2021 9:43 AM +00:00

When does the 2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event actually take place?

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The Overwatch Anniversary Event is due to start soon and we're talking about when this is and what we're expecting.

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LATEST - Who Should Get 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.

When Will It Start?

Although we don't have any official word on when the Overwatch Anniversary Event is due to start in May 2021, we can use the older iterations of the event and the actual release date to make an educated guess.

Below, we've listed all the previous years' Anniversary Event durations:

  • 2017: May 23rd until June 12th
  • 2018: May 22nd until June 11th
  • 2019: May 21st until June 10th
  • 2020: May 19th until June 9th
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When you look at these, you get a rough idea of when we can expect to see the 2021 Overwatch Anniversary Event start. Then, when you combine this with the fact that Overwatch actually released on May 24th we believe the 2021 iteration of the event will start on May 18th and run until June 8th.

Overwatch Anniversary Event Beekeeper Mei Skin Start 2021
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BEEKEEPER MEI - This event is perfect for "random" cosmetics

This is the Tuesday before the official anniversary and accounts for the three-week duration most Overwatch events have now.

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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

We're not sure who's getting a new appearance though and we're not expecting to see anything from Overwatch about the event until around a week before the event (May 11th).

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