Overwatch Anniversary 2020 event: start time, skins, and more

The Overwatch Anniversary 2020 event is bringing some great new skins and three weeks worth of challenges and rewards. Overwatch Anniversary kicks off on Tuesday, May 19 – a few days before the game’s actual anniversary of May 24 – and will run until June 9.

This year, all previous seasonal event brawls will be back during the event, and all seasonal cosmetics will be unlocked (now’s the time to grab the best Moira skin in the game: Blackwatch). The Weekly Challenges give you a chance to get a bunch of limited-time rewards by winning nine games each week. Here’s what you can earn:

  • Week 1: Carbon Fiber Sigma 
  • Week 2: Fleur de Lis Widowmaker
  • Week 3: Masked Man McCree 

Speaking of skins, Overwatch Anniversary 2020 is bringing some of the more – er – interesting skins I’ve seen yet. I’m certainly excited to finally get Masquerade Reaper – the skin was teased before the 2017 Anniversary event before disappearing off the radar completely. The other cosmetics range from the cool (Dragoon Mercy) to the hilarious (I screamed at Little Red Ashe and Bob dressed as the wolf in grandma’s clothing). Check out the Overwatch Anniversary 2020 skins below.

  • Masquerade Reaper
  • Huitzilopochtli Zenyatta
  • Little Red Ashe
  • Submarine Wrecking Ball
  • Dragoon Mercy

As usual, you’ll be able to unlock various new sprays, icons, and emotes during the event. 

It’s interesting to see how Blizzard handles Overwatch content as many wait for Overwatch 2 (opens in new tab) – it certainly seems like the company is working full-speed on the sequel, but at least we’re getting some inspired new skins and clever tweaks for the original game.

Overwatch’s final hero before Overwatch 2, Echo, went live last month.  (opens in new tab)

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