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Overwatch Storm Rising – What time does Archives 2019 event go live? (Pic: BLIZZARD)

Later today, the 2019 iteration of the Overwatch Archives event will go live.

The new event – this year dubbed Storm Rising – will introduce a new playable mission, bring new skins to the game, and continue to incrementally build on the game's complex lore.

A previous Overwatch Archives leak noted that we'll see the game event run from 16th of April to May 6th – something that was then confirmed by Blizzard.

As ever, the Overwatch event will kick off in the early evening for us Brits. As such, you can expect the event to start at 6pm GMT today, April 16 2019.

The event will run until May 6th at 6pm – unless Blizzard decides to extend to the event this year for any reason (and we'll hear about that in the coming weeks, most likely).

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Overwatch Archives 2019 – What to Expect

These events (Storm Rising, Retribution, Uprising) come under the collective banner of 'Archives' events: narrative-inspired timed events that take a look back into the game's complicated history to bring new elements to the universe, as well as new modes to the game itself.

These little hops back in time are great excuses for Blizzard to add more skins to the game, fleshing out the characters we know and love with a bit more personality, a bit more history, a bit more grit.

This year's event – similar to previous years' events Retribution and Uprising – will be a co-op story-driven mission featuring a couple of interesting Overwatch heroes.

This new event takes place six years before the current time in-universe and focuses on a squad led by everyone's favourite cheeky Brit, Tracer.

We know there's a new character – Sojourn – that's going to be a part of the event. Blizzard revealed this in an audio file via Twitter.

We're also going to see more skins added to the game – you can see a few of those embedded on this page.

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