‘Overwatch’ Summer Games 2021 Skins: Here Are All Eight New Looks
Just in time for the Tokyo Olympics, the Overwatch Summer Games event is back. While many players are excited to dive into Lúcioball matches once again, others are all about the new skins.
As has been the case for the last several events, there are eight new skins that Blizzard has released as part of Summer Games 2021. Five of them are Legendaries that you can unlock by buying them from the Hero Gallery for 3,000 credits or by getting lucky with Summer Games loot boxes.
Let’s kick things off with the skins that Blizzard revealed before the event. Not that they’re any less good than the other five skins — a little suspense is never a bad thing — but let me tell you, I might have to get my hands on all of these.
Yes, sold. Give it to me, immediately. I’ll take my chances on getting this Mei look via a loot box first, but I’m absolutely going to be snagging this one for the collection. As a big fan of the Ice Cream Orisa challenge skin from last year’s Summer Games (and ice cream in general), I’m always going to be happy with ice cream-themed skins. The fact that one of my favorite heroes got such a skin and that it’s so good makes it a must for me, even if I’ll probably be using the all-time-great Pajamei skin for eternity.
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PS Snowball is an ice cream cone! So, so cute. Also, here’s hoping the Ice Wall and Cryo-Freeze abilities have thematic visual tweaks too.
It’s about dang time that Symmetra got another Legendary skin, and what a gorgeous one this is too. Fitting in with the quasi-aquatic theme of several of the new skins, this is a tremendous look. Symm doesn’t quite go full fish tail, but the aesthetic is spot on.
Look at B.O.B.! Look at him! Even with an inflatable flamingo pool toy on his head, he manages to be completely adorable and a stone-cold badass at the same time. Such is the way of the Big Omnic Butler. It’s one of his best-ever looks, and that’s saying something.
Meanwhile, Ashe herself seems to have taken a few fashion tips from Cabana Ana for this skin. She has a relaxed summer look with a bikini and sarong, as well as a large hat for protection from the sun. This is clearly vacation mode Ashe, since she’s rocking a pink hair style instead of her usual bleached look.
It turns out the Dutch astrophysicist has got abs to spare. Sigma is swole, as evidenced by his Summer Games scuba diver look. He’s sporting a white beard and hair, and looks slightly like Reinhardt in the facial area. It’s a new zaddy aesthetic for Sigma. The mine tweak for the Hyper Spheres is a nice touch too.
Whoever at Blizzard decided to show off this skin with Orisa’s Halt pose got it bang on the money. This is on the sportier side of the Summer Games skins, and it’s another great one. I love the “4th” detail on Orisa’s waistband, as well as her headset.
Blizzard is sticking with the format of skin challenges from recent events. Each week during the Overwatch Summer Games 2021 event, you’ll have the chance to earn one of three epic skins. If you miss out, you might never get another chance to snag these.
You’ll need to play 27 games of Overwatch across Competitive, Quick Play and Arcade during each week-long period to snag the respective skin. Winning a game counts for double. There are also sprays and player icons that you can earn after playing 18 and 9 games respectively each week.
Week 1 (July 20-27): Ocean King Winston
This is a decent look for Winston. I love the crown-style headpiece but not a whole lot else jumps out at me. Still, I’ll be unlocking this on all of my accounts, because FOMO.
Week 2 (July 27-August 3): Sunset Pharah
The flower in Pharah’s hair, the wood touches and the design of her armor are all really nice. It doesn’t quite live up to the Lifeguard Pharah skin, I don’t think, but completionists will surely want to claim this one.
Week 3 (August 3-10): Nihon Hanzo
It’s hard to get a great grasp on what makes this Hanzo look stand out from this screenshot, but here you go: one more skin for for the archery master.
If I may make a suggestion, do pick up the Lifeguard McCree, Lifeguard Pharah and Grillmaster Soldier:76 skins if you don’t already have them. Skins from previous Summer Games events will cost 1,000 credits.
The Overwatch Summer Games 2021 event runs until August 10th. You’ll have until then to snag the Legendary skins before they got back into the vault until Anniversary 2022, and a week to unlock the Epic skins before they go away, perhaps forever.