The Overwatch cast gathers

Overwatch is gearing up to celebrate its one-year anniversary and, to do that, they'll be launching a "Game of the Year" version of the game, hosting a free weekend, three-week anniversary shindig and some brand new items that should please fans of the series.

Over on Polygon, they recently had a chat with Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan. According to Kaplan, the team at Blizzard has decided to drop handful of highly requested items into the standard loot boxes, giving players a chance to discover some shiny new emotes for a trio of characters

First up, both Sombra and Orisa will receive both laughing and sitting emotes. These characters came out following the launch of Overwatch and never got these actions that are standard other characters. No word yet on what those emotes will be but, knowing Blizzard, they'll match the characters nicely. As Kaplan puts it, these items aren't tied to any in-game events, so they can be unlocked at any time.

Also earning a new emote as a direct response to fans is a sassy shrug from Gabriel "Reaper" Reyes. This shrug will also be available as a spray. Apparently, Reyes broke out this shrug in a recent Overwatch comic and the fans went crazy for it.

All of those new items are heading to in-game loot boxes next week.

Of course, that's only some of the Overwatch news to come out in the past couple of days. Easily one of the most accurate uses of this phrase, we'll also be getting an Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition. Blizzard hasn't revealed pricing plans, but it looks like the game is coming next week across digital storefronts on PC and consoles. It'll include the full game, obviously, as well as 10 Loot Boxes, an "Origin" skin for five Overwatch characters, a Baby Winston Pet for folks who are also playing World of Warcraft, a Tracer Hero for Heroes of the Storm, a pair of Mercy's Wings in Diablo III, in-game portraits for StarCraft II and a special card back in Hearthstone.

If you still aren't sold, then maybe the upcoming Free Weekend from May 26-29 will help entice you. During that time, you'll be able to download and play the game to see if you feel it's worth a final purchase. If you do, obviously the Game of the Year edition will be the way to go.

Also, you'll be jumping into the community just in time for the big celebration. A one-year anniversary celebration is set to kick off soon and conclude on June 5. Blizzard will be hosting all kinds of in-game activities for Overwatch during the three-week period, as well as introducing a boatload of new items into the game.

Again, if you still haven't jumped onto the Overwatch bandwagon, its one-year anniversary is looking like the perfect time to do exactly that.

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