The new Overwatch Double XP event kicks off June 8
Overwatch continues to pile on the updates and bonuses this month, following a bumper May that included the popular Anniversary event.
Blizzard made a big announcement today that confirmed a new Overwatch Double XP period was being setup for the coming days.
All players who log in June 8 to June 12 on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One will receive double experience – and there’s a lot of ways to do this.
Blizzard say that the new bonuses will apply to nearly all sources of in-game Overwatch XP, including:
- Time spent in a match
- Completing a match
- Completing consecutive matches
- Winning a match
- Backfilling a match in progress
- Earning medals
“It will also stack multiplicatively with existing group and IGR bonuses,” a development message explains.
“The only experience it will not affect is your First Win of the Day bonus—which will remain at 1500 XP.
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“Thank you so much for your support, passion, feedback, and enthusiasm. We hope to see you in-game this weekend and wish you many awesome adventures in the year to come.”
The new XP bonus is a way to celebrate the Overwatch Anniversary end date, which is set for June 12.
The bonus experience period begins in all regions across all platforms on Thursday, June 8 at 1am BST (or Friday, June 9 at 00:00 UTC) and ends on Monday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. PDT (or Tuesday, June 13 at 07:59 BST).
It’s another way of Blizzard celebrating the game’s first anniversary, although they have found other cool ways to do that too.
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Fans who want to do it in style can actually download official Overwatch Anniversary party hats from the Blizzard press site.
There’s a unique design for each character in the game and are free to download and print out.
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Fans can also buy 48 new console controllers for PS4 and Xbox One, featuring ARTtitude designs representing the game’s current 24 heroes.
However, it appears the only way to grab one will be through new contest being staged throughout Europe.
“These handmade controllers were created by talented European street artists and each one is a unique numbered piece,” a message from Blizzard explains.
“Itching to get your hands on one? Rejoice, you’ll have a chance to win these controllers through various contests and giveaways organized across Europe.
“Keep an eye on our official channels for news of these opportunities in the coming days and through the year.