Overwatch is getting a special Anniversary event, GOTY edition, free weekend, nobody on the payload

Just in time for its first birthday, Blizzard has announced an obligatory Overwatch Anniversary event starting next week Tuesday, featuring… actually, they’re not telling for now, but previous events have included new modes and custom collectibles, so probably more of that. In celebration of baby’s big day, the game will be free to play for everybody on the weekend 26-29 May. You’re invited! You’re invited! Everybody is invited!

Also launching on 23 May is a new digital Game of the Year Edition for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, which bundles in a whole heap of bonus goodies for everybody who waited:

  • Overwatch 10 Bonus Loot Boxes
    Enjoy 10 bonus Loot Boxes, which each contain random items that can be used to personalize your heroes. Loot Boxes may include skins, emotes, victory poses, voice lines, sprays, and highlight intros, as well as credits you can use to acquire many different customization options.
  • Overwatch Hero Skins 
    Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison skins. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer.
  • Heroes of the Storm Tracer Hero
    Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.
  • World of Warcraft Baby Winston Pet
    Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight your way through Azeroth.
  • Diablo III Mercy’s Wings
    Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy’s wings. All of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!
  • StarCraft II In-game Portraits and a Hearthstone Card Back
    With portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76, you’re sure to become a champion of the Koprulu Sector. You can also battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!