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Hide From Homepage > OverwatchMay 1, 2020 2:15 pm CT

When does Overwatch’s Archives 2021 event start?

It’s time to go back. Overwatch’s annual Archives event will be returning for 2021. It’s the in-game celebration where we get a peek into the past where every hero apparently wore cute little hats. There are also a few PVE modes where the characters with hats talk to each other dramatically, but you’re only really there to get your loot boxes.

The Archives event is a little tricky to pin down a date for. The event usually starts in April, but in 2020, it started in March. Our best guess is that it’ll show up once again in March for 2021 — somewhere around March 16 through 18. The event will probably last until April so that you have time to earn all the cosmetics and new skins you want. In 2019, we got Ashe (hat) with an exploding purse, Wrecking Ball with glasses, McCree with jeans (and a hat), and Zarya. And in 2020, we got a kingly Junkrat (with a hat), Militia Roadhog (also with a hat), and others (without hats). Like any event, you’ll be able to earn all of the cosmetics and skins (hats) from previous Archives events too.

The whole point of Archives is to explain what was going on before the game’s current events. When the event started in 2017, we got to see how a four-man team — Mercy, Reinhardt, Torbjorn, and Tracer — with only one tank was able to defeat a lot of evil Omnics in King’s Row. The Retribution mode doesn’t have a tank, but the Talon team has the power of three goths and a ninja. And in 2019, we got the Storm Rising event where Tracer rides a motorcycle. Where is that motorcycle now? We don’t know. We can only hope it’ll appear again in the future, and unfortunately we were told that this year’s event will not feature a new PVE mode.

Archives usually happens mere weeks before the Overwatch Anniversary event, but that might be different in 2021. Usually this is when most Overwatch players are broke and are therefore trying their hardest to actually work as a team and win for the most currency as possible to prepare for the upcoming events. You should take advantage of this rare moment in time to remember why the game can still be fun — unless you’re playing on Lijiang Tower. Seriously, Lijiang Tower is the worst.

Pray that the loot boxes reward you or hope that all of the skins are ugly (they’re not) so that you can save up for the next event. Either way, Archives is one of the better events, so enjoy it while it lasts.

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