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Overwatch Archives 2022: Event Start Time, Release Date, Skins, and More

Overwatch Archives 2022: Event Start Time, Release Date, Skins, and More
April 1 Update: The Overwatch Archives event for 2022 appears to have been cancelled in favour of Blizzard's new Overwatch Anniversary Remix events. You'll find full details on what this new event is, and how it replaces the Archives event, on the link above!

Overwatch Archives is the next seasonal event coming in 2022 to Blizzard’s hero shooter, once again allowing players to relive missions from Overwatch’s past, but what does it have in store for fans? Well, we can likely expect to see the return of some enjoyable PvE missions in the arcade, and with Overwatch 2 looking to push more PvE content, this could be a good time to get some extra practice in. For now, though, read on for everything you need to know about the Overwatch 2022 Archives event.

When is the Overwatch Archives event for 2022?

For the time being Blizzard has not formally announced whether the Overwatch Archives event is returning for 2022, but it seems pretty likely given the annual nature of the event previously. We also know that Blizzard usually release the event at the same time each year, which makes it easy to work out when the event could start. You can take a look at the table below to see the dates for when the event has previously started and ended.  As you can see, the event has traditionally started in April every year, normally on a Tuesday. With this in mind, we suspect that the Overwatch Archives Event will start on April 5, 2022, or potentially the week after on April 12.

As for a start time, typically Overwatch events begin at around 2pm ET/6pm GMT, so make sure to clear your diary if you fancy jumping into the event right away.

Year Event Name Start Date End Date
2017 Overwatch Uprising April 11, 2017 May 2, 2017
2018 Overwatch Retribution April 10, 2018 April 30, 2018
2019 Overwatch Storm Rising April 16, 2019 May 6, 2019
2020 Archives 2020 March 12, 2020 April 2, 2020
2021 Archives 2021 April 6, 2021 April 27, 2021

Overwatch retribution character skins

Overwatch Archives Event Skins

With every new Overwatch event Blizzard typically adds a variety of new cosmetics for players to collect, including sprays, emotes, victory poses and of course, brand new hero skins.

Whilst players love all sorts of cosmetics, it’s unquestionably the skins that fans desire most of all, and traditionally we see a handful of new legendary skins released, together with a few epic skins which can be acquired by in-game weekly challenges.

As well as the new skins on offer, players can also unlock older Archives event skins released in years gone by, and normally they’re available at a knock-down price. At the time of writing, there have been 43 skins released for the Overwatch Archives event and we can’t wait to see how many more get added in 2022.


That’s everything you need to know about the Overwatch Archive event in 2022, but make sure to bookmark this page and return as we’ll update it with the latest info as it becomes available.