From now until Jan. 2, Overwatch will boast a whole bunch of holiday activities for players, including some seasonal gifts. Here's a brief rundown of what you can expect to keep your spirits high in Overwatch heading into the New Year.
-Snow Brawl mode.
-Festive Loot Boxes
Announced over on the Overwatch forum, the Winter Wonderland update is now live, giving players a chance to enjoy some light-hearted fun through the final weeks of December.
First up on the update list are a pair of revamped maps. Both Hanamura and King's Row have had their halls decked for the holidays, boasting plenty of snow, colorful lights, Christmas trees and the like.
If you happen to be one of those folks who is more interested in holiday presents, then Blizzard definitely has you covered in that department, too. Throughout the event, all in-game Loot Boxes have been replaced with Winter Loot Boxes. As you might have guessed, all of the items in said boxes boast a similar holiday them, with more than 100 new cosmetic items up for grabs. Just like with the regular Loot Boxes, you can earn them simply by playing the game or by spending some real-world currency. Every box is guaranteed to include at least one Winter Wonderland item, including icons, sprays, new victory poses and emotes, as well as highlight intros, skins and a whole bunch more.
Speaking of those skins, they're pretty fantastic. From elves and Santa to snow angel, Scrooge, an ice queen and more, every Overwatch character is getting in on the celebration. And while the Winter Wonderland event will conclude on Jan. 2, these items are yours to use from now on.
The final big addition to Overwatch this holiday season is the Snow Brawl. Hop onto the game and select "Mei's Snowball Offensive," and you'll join a 6v6 "single-elimination shindig" boasting festive versions of Mei who now fires snowballs at her opponents. The hook? It's a one shot, one kill mode, which should make for some fast and furious fun.
Finally, if you're in the mood for even more Overwatch fun this holiday season, then you'll want to stay tuned to their social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The team plans on rolling out some winter-themed memes, gifs and the like, so keep your eyes peeled.