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Overwatch "Lunar New Year 2020" event now live, and fully detailed

Let the year of the rat begin!

Get ready to ring in the 2020 Lunar New Year with more seasonal items, exciting weekly challenges and rewards, and the new brawl, Capture the Flag Blitz. We’re commemorating the Year of the Rat with an abundance of new skins, highlight intros, emotes, and sprays for players to unlock. Fly a delightful kite as Bastion, savor some hot soup with Baptiste, or show your Lunar New Year spirit with new legendary skins like Opera Brigitte, Face Changer Sombra, Mask Dancer Moira, and Samul Nori Lúcio.

Join the Festivities

CAPTURE THE FLAG BLITZ

The stakes have been raised in this new way to play Capture the Flag. With both teams’ flags much closer together, six captures are now needed to win the match instead of the traditional three. Launch an all-out offensive against the enemy to snatch their flag as many times as possible—may fortune favor your team!

CAPTURE THE FLAG

In Capture the Flag, each team attempts to secure the enemy flag and return it to their base while preventing the opposing team from doing the same. Determined players can try Competitive Capture the Flag, which includes placement matches, leaderboards, and Competitive Points!

Weekly Challenges

PLAY TO EARN

Win games in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or the Arcade to unlock sprays, player icons, and festive skins like Monk Doomfist, Ancient Bronze Winston, and Paper Cutting Wrecking Ball. Each week brings new rewards to earn!

FORTUNE SMILES UPON YOU

Celebrate with our lucky Lunar Loot Boxes, filled with new skins, emotes, highlights, player icons, sprays, voice lines, and more. Items you missed during last year's event are also available to unlock for a discounted credit price. Your chance to earn these items will end on February 5, so unlock your fortunes before it's too late!

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Overwatch's "Year of the Rat" event starts today

This one's for you, Splinter!

It's a new Lunar Year, and Overwatch is celebrating it in style with their "Year of the Rat" event. The event kicks off today, and while full details haven't been shared, we know it'll include a host of new skins, some special fireworks, and more. All the juicy details will be shared later today, and then fans will have until Feb. 5th, 2020 to take advantage of all the fun.

Real-life Overwatch loot box made for a wedding proposal

Now that's some loot!

Gavin Carter, the lead producer of Fallout 3, wanted to propose to his girlfriend in a special way. Turns out they're both fans of Overwatch, which is why Carter wanted a real-life loot box to get the job done. YouTube channel Optimistic Geometry was up to the task, and you can see their creation in the clip above.

Overwatch 'Winter Wonderland' Event Now Live

You better Overwatch out!

‘Tis the season for snow-topped payloads and winter festivities! Winter Wonderland 2019 is now live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Brand new rewards are available this year, so don’t forget to log in from December 10 to January 2 to deck the halls of your cosmetic collection!

NEW GAME MODE: SNOWBALL DEATHMATCH

This year’s Winter Wonderland event ushers in a new mini game mode, called “Snowball Deathmatch.”
This is an 8-player free-for-all deathmatch where everyone will play as Mei with a modified Mei snowball gun, similar to the one from Mei’s Snowball Offensive.

Mei will get a new ability in this game mode, called “Catch” – allowing you to catch an enemy snowball and, if successful, adding it to your ammo count. The first player to get to 15 eliminations wins!

WEEKLY CHALLENGES

Weekly Challenges are back for Winter Wonderland, allowing you to unlock limited-time rewards by winning nine games.
Rewards include an array of player icons, sprays, and Epic skins!
Week 1: Ugly Sweater Soldier:76 (Epic)
Week 2: Holly Moira (Epic)
Week 3: Snow Angel Mercy (Epic)

NEW COSMETICS

4 Legendary Skins

- Jotunn Doomfist
- Mountain Man McCree
- Rat King Reaper
- Rime Sigma

3 Epic Skins
Player Icons, Sprays

Overwatch "Winter Wonderland" kicks off Dec. 10th, 2019

New skins, and the return of a mode!

Time for some Winter fun in the world of Overwatch! The official Overwatch Twitter account has confirmed that the Winter Wonderland event will kick off tomorrow, bringing all kinds of new skins, as well as the return of the Yeti Hunter mode. Yeti Hunter is a five-on-one skirmish taking place on the Village section of Nepal. Five players (all playing as Mei in her Yeti Hunter skin) must hunt down the Yeti (Winston in his Yeti skin), at the risk of the Yeti powering up and killing them in turn.

Blizzard explains what makes Overwatch 2 a true sequel

A sequel in every way

Overwatch 2 is a unique situation, as any content created for the game will also be available to owners of the original Overwatch. This has caused some confusion about Overwatch 2, as some people are thinking its just a simple expansion, rather than a true sequel. In an interview with EDGE, game director Jeff Kaplan explained why their team believes Overwatch 2 is a fully-fledged sequel in every way.

“A sequel is a brand new game, with new gameplay and features as well as an evolution of the game world. Overwatch 2 is clearly a sequel by my definition. We’ve more than doubled the team size from the original game to make Overwatch 2. We’ll be introducing a full suite of new PvP maps to the game – what you would expect from a sequel to any shooter – including multiple new maps for every existing game mode currently in the game, as well as Push. Overwatch 2 is an order of magnitude larger than the original game, and therefore we consider it a sequel."

Overwatch 2 'Gameplay' trailer

Overwatch 2 is the globe-spanning sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed team-based game, building upon the original’s battle-honed foundation and carrying forward everything players have earned into a new era of epic competition and team play. Square off against rivals in PvP modes, and explore the Overwatch universe firsthand in all new, fully cooperative missions that challenge the world’s heroes to team up, power up, and take on an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe.

Blizzard currently "experimenting with more radical changes for PvP" in Overwatch

Toying with new ideas

Overwatch 2 is in the works, and its bringing all of Overwatch with it. What can fans of the franchise look forward to? In an interview with EDGE magazine, game director Jeff Kaplan revealed that Blizzard is "experimenting with more radical changes for PvP." When pushed for more details, Kaplan said he didn't want to reveal info, just incase their experiments don't make it to the final game. Whatever is going on, it sounds like some radical departures for PvP are being considered.

Check out an unboxing gallery for Japan's Overwatch: Legendary Edition

What's in the box?

As we've posted about in the past, Japan's release of Overwatch: Legendary Edition comes as a physical release, complete with game card. Check out what the box has to offer in unboxing gallery above!

Blizzard says 'lots of heroes' in the works for Overwatch 2

A lot sounds like a lot

Overwatch 2 is looking to heighten the experience of the original game in every way possible. That certainly means some new heroes on the way. Just how many can we expect? According to a Playstation blog interview with Blizzard's Aaron Keller, multiple heroes are coming our way.

We’ve got lots of heroes in the works currently for Overwatch 2. We can’t get into who they are exactly, or what their gameplay might be like, but they will help round out the world of Overwatch and give us new gameplay mechanics we have not yet seen. Overall, Overwatch 2 will be offering players new gameplay changing ways to play our heroes in Hero Missions. For instance, we like to give the example of Reinhardt’s Talent called “Epicenter” where instead of a cone effect for his Earthshatter ability, it becomes an Earthshatter with a full 360-degree effect around him.

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