Overwatch will be free to play for a weekend

Lead designer Jeff Kaplan and his merry crew have released a new developer update in which they reveal that Overwatch has now been played by over 40 million people, meaning that the number has increased by five million since last October. Now, though, it looks as if the company has even more reason to commemorate the occasion, as Blizzard recently announced that the game has surpassed more than 40 million players since launch. Considering everything that will be on the table during the team-based shooter's Anniversary event, it definitely seems like a good time to be an Overwatch fan. "So, we have a lot of special stuff planned for this event". The brand new map, Petra, is introduced along with a new competitive mode, featuring placement matches, skill rating tiers, and leaderboards.

"Petra is attractive", Kaplan said during Wednesday's Developer Update video. "We think you'll find that very fun". He also said that there will be a lot of diversity in the type of heroes that can play on the map. There's parts of the map that are great for open, long-range heroes.

Overwatch Anniversary will bring in a host of new content, including more than 50 fresh cosmetic items and the newest Deathmatch map, Petra!

The anniversary loot box comes with a guaranteed anniversary item and the opportunity to get any item from any of their previous seasonal events.

Overwatch's anniversary event begins on May 22 and ends on June 12.

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