Overwatch 2 hit PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC last October, and with the one-year anniversary coming up soon, Blizzard has announced its plans around the celebration. It includes returning event game modes, new challenges, returning skins and a brand new game mode called Hero Mastery.

The anniversary celebration will begin later this month on September 19 and will bring plenty of updates like hero tweaks, bug fixes, map changes and more. But leading the celebration is the aforementioned Hero Mastari. Blizzard explains It’s a “new, single-player game mode that lets players test their skills with individual heroes on custom courses,” and it’s available starting today. Each hero can be played in three unique courses of increasing difficulty, and you can unlock up to five stars in each course. Hero Mastery courses are scored based on time, eliminations, heals, escorts and more. Plus, every hero has stat tracking.

Blizzard says players can collect all Mastery Emblems, but they need to do it quickly since Hero Mastery is a limited-time event. It also includes special prizes. Courses for Tracer, Reinhardt, and Mercy are available now, while courses for Sojourn, Winston, and more will go live in the coming weeks.

When the anniversary celebration goes live on September 19, it will bring with it returning modes like Battle for Olympus, Catch-A-Mari, Starwatch and Mischief and Magic. It also brings a ping system update that makes “owned units (such as Torbjörn’s teleporter, or Illaris healing pylong) now have lower priority as ping targets than enemy heroes.”

This update includes a ton of changes to heroes like Zarya, Junker Queen, Orisa, Ashe, Boston, and more, along with tweaks to maps like Dorado, New Junk City, and Surwasa. go to Blizzard’s Patch Notes blog post For a complete breakdown of all the balance changes coming to the game’s heroes, maps and more.

Hero Mastery is now live in Overwatch 2, and the one-year anniversary begins later this month on September 19th.

While waiting for the ritual to begin, read on Game Informers Check out the Overwatch 2 review and then this story about how the game is now available on Steam. After that check out our hands-on impressions of Overwatch 2’s Invasion Season.

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