Just days before the launch of Overwatch’s 2nd Anniversary event, it seems we know everything to expect upon logging in.
In a perhaps suspiciously vague Reddit post, user digitai1234 said that they found images of the event’s new skins thanks to “some dude in Taiwanese OverWatch fan club.” While the lack of details doesn’t give us faith in the leak’s validity, the attached imgur links of all the new skins sure do. These are either legit new cosmetics or the work of some very industrious fakers. The new skins show a wild mix of styles, from Tracer’s garish club kid/motocross outfit to McCree’s Sherlock Holmes getup. I, for one, will be saving up my precious coins for Orisa’s dryad look. Commenters in the thread have been hard at work translating the text in the images since they surfaced.
Around the same time, a video also surfaced, confirming the image leak. The video shows all of the new skins in Overwatch’s menu, as well as new emotes to be released during the event.
Perhaps most exciting of all, it also gives us a detailed look around Petra, the event’s new Deatchmatch map. The ancient city of Petra is a famous archaeological site and tourist attraction in modern-day Jordan. If you weren’t paying attention in history class, you’ll also recognize it from films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The map is an intricate maze of tight corridors and twisting caverns with a few wide-open chambers. Basically a playground for close-range characters and ambushers.
Just a few hours later, the Overwatch team released an official (though much shorter) Petra preview video, along with a cute stop-motion teaser for the event.
If all the new info has you itching to jump into the event, you don’t have long to wait. Overwatch Anniversary begins May 22, and lasts until June 11.