While Overwatch legendary skins tied to a special event typically line-up around a common theme, that doesn’t appear to be the case with the recent skins that came along with Anniversary Event earlier this week. Or maybe not? According to Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan in a recent livestream, the new Anniversary Skins do apparently share a common thread.
Looking at the new Legendary Skins players got for the Anniversary Event, it’s easy to see that they’re all pretty varied. Whether it’s the Sentai hero costume for Genji, Jazzy Lucio, or Android: 76, there doesn’t appear to be much of theme around them other than maybe “power rangers” if you choose to look at solely four out of the 11 skins that were released. Turns out we were just missing the bigger picture.
When Kaplan was pressed on the Anniversary Event’s theme on a celebration livestream earlier today, he responded by saying, “Anniversary became artistic freedom. Whatever our artists wanted to do that wasn’t going to fit in Summer Games, or Halloween, or Lunar New Year, we could do amazing stuff like that.”
Reddit users kind of had a field day with this explanation with one player suggesting that these skins are basically “leftovers”–though I’m not sure what events they could be left over from. “Cold pizza is mad good too, doesn't make these skins any less awesome,” responded another Redditor (who is right on the money about cold pizza).
Either way, while “artistic freedom” doesn’t have the same kind of hook as "Olympic Sports" for the Summer Games, or the Asian-inspired clothing of the Lunar New Years Event, I suppose it still kind of qualifies? “Anniversary” is a bit of a nebulous concept anyways and probably wouldn't coalesce around a single look to begin with (Birthday hats maybe?).
If Kaplan and the Overwatch theme thought that giving artists the freedom to celebrate Overwatch with whatever cool skins they wanted, then I think that’s a pretty cool way of showing support to the many visions that helped make Overwatch what it is today.