A free-to-play weekend for PC, Xbox One and PS4 is also scheduled for May 25th-28th, which will give new players the opportunity to try out the full game, except for Competitive play, before taking the plunge. The Overwatch free weekend will be running from May 25 through May 28.
Given that much of that content is only available once per year, the chance to experience all of it at once and catch up on anything that you missed is a rare one.
"It is super exciting for us, we now have over 40 million players, which is awesome", Kaplan said. "So, we have a lot of special stuff planned for this event".
As seen below in Blizzard's most recent developer update video for Overwatch, game director Jeff Kaplan announces the player milestone and uses it as a segue into revealing a new free-for-all Deathmatch map called Petra, as well as the eventual return of all the title's previous skins, Brawls, and other cosmetics to unlock.
In the developer update, Kaplan shared a few more details about the upcoming event, which kicks off on May 22.
"Petra is attractive. There are some really fun gameplay elements to it as well", Kaplan continued.
Kaplan also added that the map will be a fine fit for different types of heroes as well be them long-range ones or those that prefer to be up close in the fights. "There's a lot of diversity, and we think you'll find it super, super fun". Past seasonal items will also be available in any loot box earned over the course of the Overwatch Anniversary event. Starting on May 22nd, ending June 12th, a brand new in-game event will take place for all platforms.
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