Play of the Fortnight: Overwatch Archives/Uprising Event Speculation
We have two Overwatch events to look forward to at the moment. The Uprising event is due in April, now known as the Archives event. In June, we can expect the Overwatch Anniversary event. Some news has come out in the last few days that has definitely sparked some speculation among the community. A new Overwatch mural has been spotted in Melbourne, Australia. A few days later, Blizzard tweeted a teaser about the upcoming Archives event, confirmed to start on April 10th.
In this Play of the Fortnight, we’re talking about the mural and what it might mean for the Overwatch Archives or Anniversary events.
The Overwatch Mural in Melbourne
Last year, around the time of the first Overwatch Anniversary event, Blizzard commissioned murals in Melbourne and Sydney. These murals didn’t drop too many hints about the event, but they were in celebration of the first full year since Overwatch’s release.
Earlier this week, a Tumblr user called prisiidon posted a photo of an in-progress mural in Melbourne. The mural features McCree and Genji standing in some kind of office. There’s a broken window behind them.
The completed mural was posted later, courtesy of Reddit user chynesse.
What Could the Mural Mean?
Redditor Karahe theorized that the mural represents a murder scene. McCree and Genji appear to be standing in an office we haven’t seen before. Karahe suggested it might be in Dorado due to the roof styles outside the window. However, it’s possible it would take place in King’s Row again. Karahe’s in-depth Reddit thread on the topic can be found here.
Both McCree and Genji worked for Blackwatch in the past. Blackwatch was a covert organization led by Gabriel Reyes, also known as Reaper. Moira was also a member. We know that Blackwatch has something to do with this upcoming event as we can see the Blackwatch logo in between glitches on the teaser tweet.
We can see in the background of the mural a broken window, as if someone has been pushed out of it into the street. Or, potentially someone has broken in. Though if that were the case, it wouldn’t be very covert!
Could this be for the Archives or Anniversary Event?
Last year, the murals in Australia coincided directly with the Overwatch Anniversary event. This year seems a little early for that. It’s possible that Blizzard is using the murals to build hype and expectation for the Archives event instead. The Archives event will be starting in under two weeks, whereas we have around two months to wait until the Anniversary event.
With that in mind, we’re going to assume that the mural is aimed specifically at the Archives event. This event ties directly in with the Uprising event of last year, as seen in the tweet. They reference the King’s Row Uprising. The image shifts and glitches, and we can see that the upcoming file references Blackwatch heavily. Again, this makes sense, as the mural has two former Blackwatch agents.
Possible Archives Event Game Modes
Players were a bit confused when the idea of a Blackwatch event came up. If it has a PvE game mode, what would we do without a tank? We don’t know of any Blackwatch tanks. However, if we look back at the first PvE event, Junkenstein’s Revenge, there was no tank there either. Could we see a Blackwatch PvE game mode that featured a more covert operation? This would certainly be more suited to their style and history.
This would mean we would be playing as McCree, Genji, Reaper, or Moira. Maybe the murder scene will be central to the game mode.
The teaser glitches between “7 years ago” and “8 years ago”. This could mean that we’re looking at exactly the same time period as the Uprising event last year, since a year has passed. With that in mind, maybe we’ll also be doing a different part of the mission simultaneously. It would be amazing to see the original four heroes from last year’s event through a window while we’re playing this event!
Possible Archives Skins
The odd thing about this is we already have a Blackwatch McCree, Genji, and Reaper. Perhaps we’d see an exclusive skin for this event for each of the four members of Blackwatch that we know about. This would be great because players cannot obtain the Blackwatch Reaper skin (known as Blackwatch Reyes).
If each of the four heroes receives a skin, we can expect to see another four Legendary skins on top of that. It’s unlikely we’ll see skins for the heroes who received Legendaries last year during the same event. That means Mercy, Torbjorn, Reinhardt, Tracer, and Widowmaker are out. Orisa and Bastion got skins last year, but they were both Null Sector skins and Bastion’s was only Epic. We shouldn’t rule them out completely.
Perhaps it will come out during this event that there were other members of Blackwatch we don’t yet know about. There aren’t any unaffiliated heroes that stand out as being particularly what Blackwatch generally seems to look for. However, we have been surprised in the past.
Other Archives Event info
We know for sure that the old event content will be making a return. Players who missed last year’s event will be able to buy the skins at their normal non-event prices, or obtain them in Archives loot boxes. These loot boxes will also potentially contain new event content as well.
The Overwatch Archives event will start on Tuesday, April 10th. We can expect it to run for the usual three weeks, giving us until Monday, April 30th to complete the event and unlock as much as we can.
We like the way Blizzard released this information. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Sombra’s ARG was a long and drawn out process. However, the idea behind it was solid. Releasing small amounts of information to tease your community and allow them to theorize about upcoming events is actually a lot of fun. As long as you don’t draw it out for months on end, that is.
Regardless of what happens, we have an event to look forward to in less than two weeks. Whether we get a new game mode entirely, or a rehash of the old one remains to be seen. We’ll definitely see new content in the form of cosmetic items, and be able to obtain the old ones we missed.
After that, we’ll look forward to the Overwatch Anniversary event as well. We’ll deal with some speculation on that one a little closer to the time. What are you most looking forward to in the Archives event? Let us know in the comments below!
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