On May 24, 2016 Blizzard’s highly anticipated hero shooter Overwatch was released, and it continues to gain in popularity. Blizzard is celebrating the one year anniversary with a special milestone event that begins next Tuesday, May 23.

Details about the actual event are still forthcoming. Previous events included new skins and other loot, as well as co-op modes and brawls.

If you haven’t tried Overwatch yet, Blizzard is also hosting a Free Weekend Event next weekend, May 26-29. The entire game, including 24 heroes, 14 maps, and all battle modes will be available, as well as level progression and Loot Boxes. The free weekend begins at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern.

Like most free periods, any level progress and unlocks you make will carry over should you decide to purchase the new Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition (or any version on PC).

The Game of the Year edition includes the following extras for Blizzard games:

  • Overwatch: 10 Loot Boxes
  • Overwatch: Five Skins – Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Cheif Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer
  • Heroes of the Storm: Tracer hero
  • Diablo III: Mercy’s Wings item
  • Starcraft II: Six portraits – Bastion, Pharah, Reaper, Soldier 76, Tracer, Winston
  • Hearthstone: Overwatch card back

All of those goodies were available in the initial launch of Overwatch, with the exception of the 10 Loot Boxes. Pricing for the Game of the Year edition has not yet been announced.

Overwatch was one of Pixelkin’s Games of the Year in 2016. Since launch it has welcomed new heroes, maps, and game modes, and remained a popular competitive shooter around the world. Recently Blizzard had announced plans for an official Overwatch esports league possibly coming later this year.

The one year anniversary event kicks off May 23. The free weekend begins May 26.


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