Winter Wonderland Returning to Overwatch

OW Winter 009

OW Winter 009

Overwatch's festively themed Winter Wonderland event will return next week, Tuesday December 12th, Blizzard has announced.

Three maps will be getting a winter makeover, King's Row and Hanamura are returning from previous year, and the arcade map Black Forest will be getting decorated as well.

Now about the skins, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that a ton of them will be up for grabs, including legendary ones and a "long-awaited Hanzo skin" that turned up in one of the Overwatch comics before. The Winter Wonderland exclusive mode is now playable on both the Ecopoint Antarctica and Black Forest maps, and it's joined by a new "silly and ridiculous" mode known as Mei's Yeti Hunt. All the new skins will appear alongside last year's skins so you can potentially hoover up any that you missed last time around. The King's Row and Hanamura maps have been decorated with snow and festive lights, and players will find stacks of presents and decorated trees they can blast at with their various weaponry.

Snowflakes? Maybe. Colder weather, rain? On the way
Early next week an arctic cold front blasts through, sending high temperatures even colder, possibly only staying in the teens. I'm still expecting sweater weather in the morning but it won't be almost as chilly as previous mornings.

Just below, you can see the announcement video from the Overwatch dev team, revealing that the Winter Wonderland event would be returning to the game. There will be a new mode within Winter Wonderland called Mei's Yeti Hunt, in which six Meis face off against one Yeti (Winston).

Starting next week on Wednesday, December 13 on all platforms. The big thing here is that a player will actually control the yeti, which is a powered up version of Winston. Winston's goal is to pick up power-up drops and gain more power until they can activate their Primal Rage ability. At the beginning, everyone playing as Mei will try to hunt down Winston and kill him. "And, well, I'm here to tell you it absolutely is".

For more on Overwatch and the Winter Wonderland event stay tuned to our games hub page for all the latest news and content.

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