Blizzard have finally launced the new iteration of Overwatch Archives - the new title for lore-based events following on from last year’s Uprising. This year it’s Retribution: a new PvE event centered on Blackwatch, the spec-ops team that does Overwatch's dirty work.
Retribution follows Moira, McCree, Genji, and Reaper in a mission against Talon. It takes place on the new Venice-based map, Rialto, during a nighttime raid. The baddies are made up of Talon AI units in Sniper, Assassin, and Heavy Assault archetypes, and you'll also be able to take on the mission in an all heroes mode.
You should certainly expect things to go drastically wrong. Two lore videos, recorded by Gabriel Reyes and McCree, present debriefs from the Retribution mission. We know the operation is unsanctioned thanks to details in the Retribution comics, but these videos suggest things go very wrong indeed.
Decryption status: COMPLETE— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 6, 2018
Accessing file: RETRIBUTION DEBRIEF – REYES pic.twitter.com/YUL134u5Yz
Decryption status: COMPLETE— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 9, 2018
Accessing file: RETRIBUTION DEBRIEF – MCCREE pic.twitter.com/WGnQWpbEgq
The event will run from April 10-30, and will also see the return of last year’s Uprising event. Rialto will also become part of PvP, with a daytime Payload variant set to soon go live on the PTR before it gets integrated into the main game.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be an Overwatch event without some new skins, and the trailer shows off the Moira Blackwatch legendary that was teased in the Retribution comic. You can also see it in motion in the video below.
Overwatch Archives file located…— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 5, 2018
Subject identified: BLACKWATCH MOIRA
File content available for download in t-minus: 5 days pic.twitter.com/CWbiuNW2LJ
Several other legendary skins have also been revealed alongside the full launch. Take a look at Scion Hanzo, Talon Doomfist, Talon Sombra, Pajamei, and Specimen: 28 Winston below. As you'd imagine from an event based in the lore of past Overwatch missions, these are all skins that depict our heroes in periods of their past lives.
Doomfist - Talon
Hanzo - Scion
Lucio - Equalizer
Mei - Pajamei
Moira - Blackwatch
Reaper - Soldier: 24
Sombra - Talon
Winston - Specimen 28