In what has officially become an annual event, Blizzard has announced that Overwatch will once again celebrate the Lunar New Year, with festivities planned to ring in the Year of the Dog.
For those of you without a calendar handy, that's next Thursday, which means we don't have long to wait before finding out what, exactly, Blizzard has in mind for this year's event. As you may recall from 2017, the celebration of the Lunar New Year focuses on the Chinese zodiac, complete with a limited-time game mode and plenty of skins.
While Blizzard has not announced an official game mode for the event, we have a hard time believing they'd just throw out a few skins and call it a day. Last year was the Year of the Rooster and, as a result, they featured a Capture the Rooster mode for Overwatch players to enjoy for a couple of weeks. While they might just re-skin it and rename it Capture the Dog, we certainly hope they do something unique with this year's event.
We're also curious if new skins will be in the mix, or if they'll just be bringing back last year's special outfits since they were only available for a brief period of time. Anyone who missed out on the skins themed after the celebration last year, as well as the beloved Journey to the West costumes, would probably appreciate another chance to expand their collection.
Unfortunately, Blizzard is remaining tight-lipped as of this writing, so we have no idea what they might actually be plotting for the big event. If you've got some ideas for new skins or an event-themed mode you'd like to see in the game, feel free to share your ideas below.
And, now that the Overwatch League is in full swing, we can't help but wonder if the upcoming event will somehow be bolted onto the usual competitions. We're not expecting them to include an event mode in the official competitions, of course, but wouldn't it be cool if they hosted some side exhibitions where this season's teams could go head to head in the new skins? That would serve the double purpose of promoting the Year of the Dog celebration going on within Overwatch, while simultaneously giving the players a chance to have fun and cut loose in an event where season rankings and whatnot aren't on the line.
Then again, this is the sport's first season and they might not want to make an uphill battle to mainstream legitimacy more difficult by hosting light and silly events.