1776 Soldier 76 skin is among the first to be released with the return of Overwatch Archives this April 2021.
Overwatch Archives has made a triumphant return this year to focus the spotlight on the lore behind the iconic team. While storytelling is always enjoyable long-time players know what this event really means—new skins, and lots of them. Mousquetaire Widowmaker and Bushi Genji the only history-inspired cosmetic to drop with Archives 2021.
1776 Solider 76 Overwatch Archives Skin
Blizzard posted the release announcement on the official Overwatch Twitter profile at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 6. They described it as "This old dog's learned a few tricks," with that phrase likely being a play on both Soldier 76's age and the historical theme.
1776 Soldier 76 depicts the American Overwatch hero in a modified version of the traditional Continental Army uniform from the United States Revolutionary War. He is wearing the iconic blue long coat with red trim and gold embroidered edges. White accents are scattered across the outfit in the form of gloves, trousers, a white button-up shirt, crossed belts across his chest, and a fancy cravat around his neck. Even his mark has been altered to fit the theme, matching the black and cold tri-corner hat on his head.
Soldier 76's rifle has been modified to resemble the arms commonly carried at the time of the war. Additionally, he sports a "76" patch on his left shoulder.
Interestingly enough, this skin was originally suggested by a user on Reddit in August 2017. Pinkrocket2347 made a post on the Overwatch subreddit describing their idea as, "a revolutionary war styled soldier skin that has his gun redesigned to look like a musket." It looks like Blizzard was listening.