Overwatch Anniversary Event update skins
Overwatch fans have been given a look at some of the new skins launching as part of the PS4, Xbox One and PC Anniversary event next week.
Blizzard will celebrate the first anniversary of Overwatch with a selection of new maps, voice lines, emotes and skins.
In the lead up to the event, Blizzard has revealed new skins for Soldier 76, Pharah, Bastion and Zarya (via PvP Live).
It's unclear how much the skins will cost, but based on past events, fans can expect to pay upwards of 3,000 coins.
But not everybody is impressed with Blizzard's new designs, which have been described by some fans as ugly and awful.
One Twitter user said: "Aw man the new overwatch skins look awful."
This was echoed by another user on Twitter, who posted: "The 4 new Overwatch skins leaked are literally the worst…other than the last two Torb skins."
Fortunately for Blizzard, not everybody agrees: "I dig the new Overwatch skins. Aren't they based loosly on Titan? Also, they're Omnic/cyborg themed!!!"
You can check out the skins and new Arena maps in the gallery below…
Overwatch Anniversary Event Maps and Skins screenshots
Sun, May 14, 2017
OVERWATCH fans will be able to check out the Anniversary event from May 23 onwards.
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Overwatch Anniversary Event
Blizzard has also given fans a taste of the new voice lines that will be included in the May 23 update. You can listen to the voice lines below.
In addition to Overwatch Anniversary, Blizzard will be holding another free weekend from May 26–29.
"For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of heroes and maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl," reads a Blizzard post.
"Players will also be able to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customisation options. If players decide to purchase a copy of Overwatch after the free weekend, they’ll get to keep any progress made during the weekend."
The only drawback is that players will need a PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold account to access the free weekend.
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) May 18, 2017
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently suggested that the studio would be open to more Blizzard crossover content in the future.
"We have some ideas," game director Jeff Kaplan said.
"So, obviously, our stuff has been dipping into Heroes of the Storm, which has ben cool, and they've been making a lot of great stuff. We felt like, for our first year, it was really important not to do that stuff. To really set Overwatch apart as its own IP."
However, it looks like that may change in the future, as Kaplan continued: "One thing that's really fun about Blizzard games is celebrating other Blizzard games. So I think we would like to do it at some point."