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Overwatch Archives 2021 start date and skins - predictions

Published: 11:59, 09 March 2021
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Overwatch's Archives 2021 event is creeping ever closer. With the PachiMarchi Challenge all the rage right now, we've taken it upon ourselves to make some predictions about the Archives 2021 start date and upcoming skins.

Overwatch's Archives event is one of the best experiences the game serves up to the fans each year.

The traditional lore and coolest skin dump has been going on since 2017. The inaugural event titled "Uprising" went on from April 11, 2017, until May 2. The three-week-long extravaganza brought us Blackwatch, Talon and retro Overwatch skins as well as the first canon story mission in the Overwatch universe. 

The canon story missions have been expanded upon by the addition of "Retribution" and "Storm Rising" and served to lay the foundations for Overwatch 2’s campaign.

Overwatch Archives Skins 2021

The Archives events have spawned some of the best skins in the entire game, showcasing the heroes in various uniforms from different periods in their lives and careers. 

Widowmaker, Doomfist, and Sombra already display their Talon colours proudly, while Tracer, Reinhardt, Mercy, and Torbjorn sport the blue uniforms from Overwatch's golden years.

The skins for the 2021 event have not been shared yet but we can expect to see the new threads in a leak that has almost become synonymous with the Archives event itself. Barring a leak, the new skins will be showcased courtesy of the Overwatch Twitter account .

Overwatch Archives

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Overwatch Archives is Overwatch's annual event

It's always hard work predicting what Blizzard has cooked up regarding the skins and heroes who are meant to wear them, but the following oddities are still to receive an Archives skin to call their own:

  • Brigitte 
  • D.Va
  • Echo
  • Sigma
  • Zenyatta

It would be nice to see any of these heroes get a skin that hints at their life before they joined the fight.

Overwatch Archives 2021 start date

Given that the current event in Overwatch happens to be the PachiMarchi Challenge, the anticipated Archives event will probably kick off on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, and go on until 13 April.

The PachiMarchi Challenge will start today, March 9. It is the first Overwatch challenge not focused on a playable character. Instead, the PachiMarchi challenge will have its spotlight on the in-game mascot and Roadhog's favourite guilty pleasure - Pachimari.

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