Overwatch celebrates first birthday with free-play weekend and GOTY edition

Great cast. Tell a story with it already.

Overwatch is turning one year this month, so bust out your hipster camera and baby confections for a cake smash! Just kidding. Actually Blizzard is kicking off a huge promotion next week starting with a free play period over Memorial Day weekend and ending with the conclusion of season 4:

“In addition to Overwatch Anniversary, we will be holding another free-weekend from May 26th-29th. 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. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options. If players decide to purchase a copy of Overwatch after the free-weekend they will get to keep any progress made during the weekend.”

Wanna buy it after that? Maybe hold out for the GOTY edition, which launches the same day as the promo event for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. In it, you’ll find 10 loot boxes, plus Overwatch skins, Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, Baby Winston in World of Warcraft, Mercy’s Wings in Diablo III, new portraits in StarCraft II, and a special card in Hearthstone. ALL the cross-promotions. The new anniversary trailer’s down below.

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Source: Press release, official site

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Danny Smith

So the game of the year edition is the origins edition with like 7 extra lockboxes?

Not Blizzards usual special edition style.

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So no in game celebrations then for folks that are already in, unless I am missing something ?


MAYBE they’ll announce something closer, but at best it’ll probably just be new loot boxes or a new Arcade/Brawl game mode.

Right now this is just the marketing promotion stunt.


The anniversary event runs May 23 – June 12. They haven’t announced what it’s going to be.

Christopher Allcock

Is it just me or the GOTY version just a renamed Origins version just with 10 loot boxes? because I feel like I already have it.


Yeah it’s basically just a rebranding of the Origins Edition +10 extra loot boxes. Likely it’s a tactic mostly aimed at keeping the price of OW purchases for console at $60.

’cause box sales are going to have to die down in initial price by the end of the year, probably, so they might as well milk it while they can.

Kind of curious to see if they’ll actually try and do some sort of DLC or expansion thing to add a new revenue source beyond just lootboxes, unless those are proving to be super profitable for them.

Malcolm Swoboda

I still predict a story campaign.