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Overwatch set to hold three-year anniversary celebration

New and old loot from celebrations past will be available throughout the event.

Cole Cassidy, Mei, and Baptiste gather in an Overwatch match.

Overwatch is turning three years old this summer, and in accordance with tradition will celebrate the date with a three-week anniversary event that brings back all the seasonal brawls and loot from the past.

The Overwatch Anniversary event will kick off May 21 and run through June 10. During that time, you’ll be able to earn new skins, dances, sprays, and other items. You’ll also be able to pick up all the seasonal loot that’s appeared in previous years. Just for logging in during the event, you’ll receive a bonus Legendary loot box, and players who buy 50 loot boxes over the course of the celebration will receive an additional free anniversary loot box.

New items include six new legendary skins and three new epic skins, as well as new dance emotes for Baptiste, Ashe, and Wrecking Ball.
If you haven’t gotten around to Overwatch yet, you’re in luck – Blizzard is holding a free trial period for the game during the anniversary celebration as well. You can play for free from May 21-28, during which you’ll be able to play the full game and earn the same cosmetics for the birthday event.

The official Overwatch account tweeted the announcement today:

The three heroes getting new dance emotes – Wrecking Ball, Ashe, and Baptiste – have all been introduced in the past year. Wrecking Ball recently received a new highlight intro that pays homage to the Dramatic Chipmunk of internet fame.

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Again, once the event goes live, you’ll be able to pick up past seasonal cosmetics, and some of those have been pretty iconic, like Soldier 76’s Barbecue Dad skin from last summer. It’s as good a reason as any to hop back into Blizzard’s team-based shooter.