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A group photo shot of all 24 heroes of the first year

Anniversary is a seasonal event celebrating of the release of Overwatch which started on May 23, 2017 and ended on June 12, 2017. While the event did not have a seasonal brawl or map, it introduced Lockout Elimination and Limited Duel for the Arcade, along with 3 new arena maps: Necropolis, Castillo, and Black Forest, all of which remained after the event ended.

The event returned on May 22, 2018, running through to June 11, 2018. The event came with new arena map Petra, a Competitive variant of Deathmatch, and new Loot Box drop system: 2018 Anniversary Boxes are also guaranteed to drop one item from another seasonal event, and Legendary Anniversary Boxes will always drop at least one Legendary item; the latter can only be obtained by logging in during the event or bulk purchasing 50 crates.

The event also contains a limited series of items, which could be earned through special Loot Boxes, and unlocked through Hero Gallery. All event-exclusive content became unobtainable once the event ended.

Anniversary itemsEdit

MediaEdit

Overwatch Anniversary YEAR ONE Thank You, Heroes!

Overwatch Anniversary YEAR ONE Thank You, Heroes!

Overwatch Seasonal Event Overwatch Anniversary 2018-0

Overwatch Seasonal Event Overwatch Anniversary 2018-0

Accouncement of Overwatch Anniversary 2018

NEW SEASONAL EVENT Welcome to our Overwatch Anniversary!-1

NEW SEASONAL EVENT Welcome to our Overwatch Anniversary!-1

Accouncement of Overwatch Anniversary 2017

Thank You Overwatch Anniversary 2018

Thank You Overwatch Anniversary 2018

Thank You Overwatch Anniversary (2018)

TriviaEdit

  • This is the only event to not introduce any event-exclusive Victory Poses or Highlight Intros.
  • A later section of the Anniversary event main menu theme uses the same music present in the first part of the Uprising Origin Story Video.
  • Due to 24 heroes being released at the time of this event, and Junkrat and Roadhog being given Joker cards, the 9 of Hearts and 9 of Clubs were not given to a hero in the form of a spray.
  • If Junkrat and Roadhog's dance emotes are positioned and timed correctly, they will high-five each other during their dances and an audio cue will be heard when they do.

ReferenceEdit

  • Ana's dance emote is an Egyptian Saidi Dance. [1]
  • Ana's "Follow me" voice line is reference to a recurring line in the Terminator franchise.
  • Bastion's dance emote is The Train Dance. [2]
  • Brigitte’s dance emote is a reference to a viral video of the Swedish Women’s handball team performing a Zumba dance. [3]
  • D.Va's dance emote is a reference to the Voltron's dance from Robot Chicken. [4]
  • Doomfist's emote is a reference to Baby Groot's dance from the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  • Genji's dance emote is a reference to Kinjaz. It contains a few moves from two of their preformances. [5] [6]
  • Genji's skin, like the name implies, is based on Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series.
  • Hanzo's dance emote is a traditional Japanese dance called "Nanchu Soran Bushi" or "The Fisherman's Dance". [7]
  • Junkrat's dance emote is a dance Will Smith did on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air . [8]
  • Lúcio's dance emote is a Rollerblade Dance. [9]
  • McCree's dance emote is The Electric Slide Line Dance. [10]
  • Mei's dance emote is the choreography that goes with SOS Brigade's Hare Hare Yukai. [11]
  • Mercy's dance emote is The Hustle. [12]
  • Moira’s dance emote is an Industrial dance [13]
  • Moira’s "Good news, everyone" voice line is a reference to a catchphrase of Professor Farnsworth in Futurama.
  • Orisa's dance is partly based on Equine dancing. [14]
  • Orisa's "Satisfied with protection" voice line is likely a reference to Big Hero 6.
  • Reinhardt's dance is a reference to Gene Kelly's "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" [15]
  • Reinhardt's "Honor! Justice! Reinhardt!" voice line is a reference to the exact same quote said by his voice actor at BlizzCon 2016.
  • Roadhog's dance emote is The Cabbage Patch. [16]
  • Soldier: 76's dance emote is most likely a reference to Nuts!. [17]
  • Sombra's dance emote is Shuffle Dance[18]
  • Tracer's dance emote is The Charleston. [19]
  • Widowmaker's dance emote is Ballet.
  • Winston's dance emote is a reference to The Twist from Pulp Fiction. [20]
  • Zarya's dance emote is a reference to the 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship. [21] [22]

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References Edit

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYMJ7HqCQmY
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0v6DrAznj0
  3. https://youtu.be/dY3U_xLjcGY
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjMFYAdvHJc&feature=youtu.be&t=1m56s
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUw6cQ_ORJI&feature=youtu.be&t=12m57s
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUw6cQ_ORJI&t=17m10s
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbbBR-lTA3g&t=13s
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaDQA3kCUgA&t=1m4s
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2JS0MnY-nI
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPxXTh7P0cY&t=34s
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mljdpRp41I4
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZyQIh0sH5A&t=30s
  13. https://youtu.be/kBYwMOPKuPo
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knCj92zA0tU
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNOSj0gQ1PU
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHW69vx_pPo
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w4B7QxL_n4
  18. https://mobile.twitter.com/jdavisAnimation/status/867239778772815872
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUpAcPAipDA
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSLMN6g_Od4&t=1m26s
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozoTzkCeO-A&t=2m21s
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozoTzkCeO-A&t=3m5s