The Overwatch community is huge, passionate and extremely talented — and not just when it comes to capturing the payload, either. If you attend a comic convention it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll see a sea of cosplayers and a lot of them are sure to be Overwatch cosplayers.
Overwatch was announced at BlizzCon in 2014 and within 24 hours there were already Tracer and Reaper cosplayers making their way around the convention floor. Since the release of Overwatch it’s become without question one of the most popular subjects for cosplayers to focus on. When Blizzard announces — or heck, even hints at — a new hero, it’s typically only a matter of hours before we start seeing cosplayers working on bringing the new hero to life.
Blizzard has announced that they want to celebrate Overwatch, but even more so they want to celebrate all the incredibly talented and passionate Overwatch cosplayers out there. So how are they going to celebrate? Through the Overwatch Payload Tour, announced yesterday by Blizzard through a new blog post.
The Overwatch Payload Tour kicks off their nationwide journey next week April 5-8 in North Lobby 5 at PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts. Visitors will have the chance to participate in a one-of-a-kind photo experience on a 360-degree panoramic stage that features several Overwatch maps and several of our favorite heroes’ prop weapons. There will also be cosplayers in attendance showing off Overwatch cosplay that’s never been seen before. Every participant will receive an exclusive Overwatch pin, with each stop along the tour having their own unique pin.
Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of whether or not you’re a cosplayer.
If you can’t attend the first event at PAX East but you’re in the Boston area, there’s a Overwatch League viewing party at The Greatest Bar a mere 12 minute walk away. They event is 21+ and in addition to screaming for your favorite team, you can have a beer and maybe win some goodies in a giveaway.
Following PAX East the Overwatch Payload Tour will be making a few more stops:
E3: June 12-14
Anime Expo: July 5-8
San Diego Comic-Con: July 19-22
Dragon Con: August 30 – September 3
New York Comic Con: October 4-7