Overwatch Archives 2021 event introduces new reward system

By Heidi Nicholas,
The Overwatch Archives 2021 event is live now, running for the next few weeks until April 27th with new Archives missions, new cosmetics, and a whole new reward system.

The Archives seasonal event brings three new co-op missions. Uprising is set seven years in the past, and features an Overwatch strike team — you can play as Tracer, Torbjörn, Reinhardt, or Mercy — fighting against an uprising led by Null Sector. The challenge missions include the new Bulletproof Barriers challenge, which makes enemy barriers "invulnerable." The Retribution story mission has you play as McCree, Moira, Genji, or Reyes and is set eight years in the past, revolving around the Blackwatch strike force, while the new Sympathy Gains challenge mission brings a new obstacle: dealing damage to enemies will cause other enemies to heal. For the Storm Rising story mission, you can play as Tracer, Genji, Winston, or Mercy, and you'll "pursue the devious entrepreneur Maximilien through the streets of Havana." The new Thunderstorm challenge mission means that any damage dealt to enemies also affects nearby players.

Along with these story and challenge missions comes a new reward system. Instead of aiming to win a certain number of games, you'll instead be playing for stars, which don't need a win — although harder missions will reward you with more stars. In Week One, for instance, you can earn double stars by playing Uprising. You need ten stars to win the Corredor Lucio player icon, 20 stars for the Turn Up the Heat spray, and 30 stars for the Corredor Lucio Epic skin. Week Two runs from April 13th to April 20th, and you can earn double stars for playing Retribution. Ten stars unlocks the Subaquatic Zenyatta player icon, while 20 stars gets you the Deep in Thought spray, and 30 stars earns you the Subaquatic Zenyatta epic skin. Week Three, which runs from April 20th to April 27th, offers double stars for Storm Rising. Ten stars are needed for the Camouflage Mercy player icon, 20 stars for the Night Mission spray, and 30 stars for the Camouflage Mercy epic skin.

The Archives 2021 event runs for the next few weeks, and ends on April 27th.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!