With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, it’s almost time to say goodbye to the original game once and for all. There’s no time to be sad just yet though, since Blizzard is throwing a farewell party with Overwatch Anniversary Remix: Vol. 3. The event is now live on all platforms and it runs until August 30.
That’s an important date, because Blizzard will no longer sell loot boxes after that time. Loot boxes are going away in Overwatch 2 in favor of a battle pass. You’ll still be able to earn loot boxes in Overwatch in the meantime. Blizzard will automatically open all your remaining loot boxes for you after Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th. (Remember, all your cosmetics carry over to Overwatch 2.)
But I would recommend opening up your boxes ASAP, especially if you’re running low on credits, like I am. That’s because Anniversary Remix: Vol. 3 has some new twists on some classic skins and some of them are bangers.
There are six remixed Legendary skins available during this event. They each cost 3,000 credits in the Hero Gallery. Alternatively, you might get lucky and snag them from the very last Anniversary loot boxes. Of note: if you log in once during the event, you’ll get a free Anniversary loot box.
Tagged Tracer (pictured above)
Graffiti Tracer is my second-favorite Tracer skin. Or at least it was my second fave. The remixed version, Tagged Tracer, is even better. This skin is sick. I need to hurry up and finish writing this post so I can go unlock it.
An obvious play on Ultraman, this is a fresh spin on Genji’s Sentai skin with red and yellow replacing the green. It’s dope, and I must have it in my collection.
Proteus: 76 Soldier: 76
Are you kidding me?!? This is a cleaner take on the Cyborg: 76 skin with a sharper black and gold theme. I love it very much. I don’t know that it will permanently replace Grillmaster: 76, but I will absolutely rotate this in from time to time.
And it is. Very much yes. This black and purple version of Pharah’s Mechaqueen skin ticks all the boxes for me. Great job on this one as well, Blizzard.
This is a tweak on the fan-favorite Academy skin and I dig this one too. I don’t feel a massive sense of urgency to get this one, though. I can’t stop using the Cruiser skin anyway.
Arctic Ops Baptiste
This is, unfortunately, the least exciting one of the bunch. It’s a mostly-white version of Bap’s Desert Ops skin, which I actually think is cooler than this one.
Along with the six Legendary remixes, you’ll have one more chance to snag a few previous weekly challenge skins. Play 27 games across each weekly period in Arcade, Quick Play and Competitive to unlock them. Wins count for double. Play nine games for a related player icon and 18 for a spray.
The skins you can unlock are:
As I’ve mentioned before, Comic Book Tracer is one of the best-ever skins in Overwatch. Yo sees it the comic book-esque sound effect that plays when you nail a melee attack. It’s the greatest.
Along with all these skins, Overwatch Anniversary Remix: Vol. 3 brings back the brawls from seasonal events: Overwatch Archives Missions (and more difficult challenge missions), Lúcioball, Junkenstein’s Revenge (plus the challenge missions), Freezethaw Elimination, Mei’s Snowball Offensive, Snowball Deathmatch, Yeti Hunter, Capture the Flag and Bounty Hunter. These will be available in the Arcade on a rotating basis.
I’m feeling a little melancholic that this will be the last-ever Overwatch 1 event, so I’ll be playing all the limited-time modes over the next few weeks. Here’s hoping they’ll pop back up from time to time in Overwatch 2, but I never want to miss a chance to dive back into Storm Rising in any case.