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April 11, 2018

‘Overwatch’ event retelling the heroes’ shadowy past is live

by John_A

After plenty of teasing, the Overwatch team revealed the game’s next event, Retribution, would feature a mode telling the story of some of the game’s ruthless heroes. Now it’s live, and until April 30th, players can dive in to explore when the shadowy BlackWatch squad went up against operatives from the rival Talon organization. And, of course, earn a bunch of new skins.

Archive declassification complete.
Overwatch “Retribution” and “Uprising” file status: OPEN.

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— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 10, 2018

The player-versus-computer co-op mode stars Genji, McCree, a pre-Reader Gabriel Reyes and Moira set on the game’s new map Venice (which will arrive in the PTR before being added to the game’s rotation). It’ll play a lot like last year’s Uprising event, which you can also dive into until the end of the month. Overwatch has rebranded both events under the Archives umbrella, cementing this season as a look back into the game lore’s past, and added plenty of new skins (including the black ops-style outifts Moira and Reyes wear in the Retribution mode) to earn.

Just be ready for a very large patch…to the tune of 18GB on desktop and 22GB on console. Blizzard tweeted out a heads-up, and the game’s team noted that the huge update includes data layout improvement to help loading times in the future.

Source: Overwatch (Blizzard)

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