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Overwatch Anniversary Event & GOTY Edition Leaked

Oh, not again. Just as Overwatch's Uprising game mode was initially leaked via the Xbox store and caught by TrueAchievements.com, the Overwatch Anniversary event was outright confirmed thanks to a combination of datamining and the sheer fact that the event's loot boxes are now listed for purchase through the same outlet.

It even confirms when the game mode will end, which gives us a pretty good idea for when it'll begin as well:
Celebrate Overwatch's anniversary with a batch of commemorative treats for your heroes during a new event: Overwatch® Anniversary! Kick off the celebration with a bang by picking up Anniversary Loot Boxes*. Every Loot Box contains up to four cosmetic items, including at least one Anniversary Skin, Spray, Highlight Intro, Emote, Victory Pose, Player Icon, or Voice Line. More than 100 Anniversary goodies are waiting for you! If your Anniversary Loot Box contains an item that is already in your collection, you will instead receive in-game Credits that you can use to acquire many customization options. *Anniversary Loot Boxes are available to purchase or earn in-game until June 5, 2017.

Overwatch events have generally been three weeks long, so we know when it starts too -- next week, and probably starting on the 16th.

There have been indirect confirmations to this as well. The Patch 1.11 PTR just closed, meaning that a new patch should be on its way soon (hopefully without that infinite dragonblade issue). Furthermore, the Overwatch social media account didn't outright dismiss or avoid discussions about anything related to the anniversary, and merely claimed that they couldn't talk timeframe yet.

The anniversary event is expected to include a brand-new legendary skin for Symmetra, and datamining has revealed a lot more other cosmetic content besides, as well as possibly a game mode.

In addition to that, it's been confirmed that we are indeed getting a 1 year anniversary themed event, and there's a Game of the Year edition on top of that!


This time it was the Xboxes fault that the news leaked, via site Trueachievements, who datamined info on the two components of the upcoming festivities. The GOTY edition is set to release on May 23rd, a day before the actual anniversary and seems to include the current Origins edition, as well as 10 anniversary loot boxes and possibly some more cosmetic items.
Requires Xbox Live Gold. Sold Separately. Get the game that's won more than 100 Game of the Year Awards! Clash on the battlefields of tomorrow and choose your hero from a diverse cast of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities. Bend time, defy physics, and unleash a dizzying array of extraordinary powers and weapons. Engage your enemies in iconic locations from around the globe in the ultimate team-based shooter. This download includes: • The full game. • 10 Bonus Loot Boxes with cosmetic goodies for your Overwatch heroes. • Origin Skins for 5 Overwatch heroes. • A Baby Winston Pet for adventures in World of WarCraft. • The Tracer Hero for battling it out in Heroes of the Storm. • And more!

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