A peek at next week’s Anniversary event
Blizzard Entertainment will celebrate Overwatch’s first birthday next week with an in-game event that adds new maps, cosmetic items and more. Blizzard announced Overwatch’s Anniversary event earlier this week, but didn’t offer much in the way of specifics. Since then, the developer has been steadily teasing some of the new additions on its various social media channels.
Perhaps the most enticing new additions to the game are Overwatch’s Anniversary skins. On Overwatch’s Chinese-language Facebook page, the developer teased new skins for characters Bastion, Pharah, Soldier: 76 and Zarya.
Here’s a sampling of what’s coming, skin-wise:
《鬥陣特攻》週年紀念活動 － 部分「傳說」造型搶先看！
慶祝活動將於 5 月 24 日正式展開！
Posted by 鬥陣特攻 on Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Overwatch Anniversary event will also add three new arena-style maps. The three maps appear to be based on existing locations Anubis, Dorado and Eichenwalde.
Here’s a preview, via the Overwatch Europe Twitter account:
Here’s a sneak peek at three new ARENA MAPS coming soon to our Overwatch Anniversary celebration.
The party begins May 23! http://pic.twitter.com/umXbr0bq7k
— Overwatch (@OverwatchEU) May 18, 2017
Next up? Dance emotes. It appears that — at the very least — Sombra, Lúcio, Symmetra and Zenyatta will get their respective grooves on, based on this video from the Overwatch Latin America Facebook page:
Aquí tenemos un vistazo de algunos BAILES que tendremos en nuestra celebración #OverwatchAnniversary. ¡La fiesta comienza el 23 de mayo!
Posted by Overwatch on Thursday, May 18, 2017
Finally, new voice lines are also en route. Listen to what Winston, Soldier: 76, Symmetra, Reinhardt, Roadhog, McCree and Lúcio have to say:
Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the new VOICE LINES coming soon to our #OverwatchAnniversary celebration.
The party begins May 23! http://pic.twitter.com/dMAgBGAZ5C
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) May 18, 2017
The Overwatch Anniversary event kicks off next week on Tuesday, May 23 and runs through June 12.
Source: Polygon – Xbox One