Overwatch has officially revealed when the archive event in 2021 will take place in April, and while a new PvE mission may be questionable, we can definitely expect some new skins.
Archive is unique among seasonal events, as it focuses on previous Overwatch missions with PvE time-limited modes such as Uprising, Retribution and Storm Rising.
The historic festivities usually start in early April, and Overwatch has now announced that we will have access to the Archives in time.
Prepare to experience the past as you fight for the future.
Overwatch Archives is back from April 6th! pic.twitter.com/whwjyGL9T2
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According to Overwatch’s tweet, Archives 2021 will run from April 6 – 27, 2021. Along with the dates, the trailer included shots from previous years’ assignments, so we may well join for the second year in a row without a new PvE for the event.
While this is definitely disappointing, it makes sense if the Overwatch team puts resources into creating Overwatch 2 instead of a one-time assignment that will only last for a few weeks.
That’s not to say Jeff and the team are not just holding us until the very last moment, something they’ve done before. Still, we will not put money on a new lore-based mission when Archives launches (especially with so much developer attention shifted to Overwatch 2’s PvE content.
Despite that, there are probably at least some new skins and other cosmetics that players can collect, as with all other events.
Exactly which heroes will shine is unknown at this time. But new skins are often teased by the game on social media before the events begin, so be sure to keep an eye out from now until April 6th.
We have not seen a new PvE challenge since Storm Rising back in 2019, and if one does not happen this year, we may have to wait until Overwatch 2 comes out (which will hopefully be before Archives 2022).
New PvE mission or not, we have the latest updates on new skins as soon as they are announced, and more information about Archives 2021 when it starts this week