Kaplan confirmed that new holiday-themed skins will be added to the game during the event. Old maps King's Row and Hanamura will receive "seasonal passes", or themed decorations for the holidays. There will be plenty of new skins too, and Kaplan specifically hints at skins for Hanzo, Junkrat, and Roadhog.
The return of Overwatch's Winer Wonderland event has officially been announced by developer Blizzard and we already got a small taste of what we can expect. As with previous timed events it is expected that there will be special Winter Loot Boxes during the event, which will contain at least one item from the Winter Wonderland collection when opened. A limited-time mode, Mei's Snowball Offensive, will also return and now be playable on both Ecopoint: Antarctica and this winterized version of Black Forest. These limited time decorated maps are always just attractive and Kaplan described this as "one of the most gorgeous jobs [Blizzard's] environmental artists have ever done." so we are in for something special this year. It's an asymmetrical multiplayer mode: Modeled after a boss fight à la Evolve, it pits five Meis against one "yeti", Winston. Any new outfit or additional cosmetic from 2017 is always at a higher cost.
In addition to new skins, Overwatch is getting a new Arcade mode called Mei's Yeti Hunt. Winston's goal is to pick up power-up drops and gain more power until they can activate their Primal Rage ability. This means that a squad of six players can queue up for Yeti Hunt and take turns playing as the yeti against their friends.More news: JuJu Smith-Schuster blindsides Vontaze Burfict with vicious block
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If one thing makes Overwatch so popular and makes players go back to it even after long periods of inactivity, is the game's events.
"I know a lot of you are thinking that this sounds kinda silly and kinda ridiculous", Kaplan said in his video to the Overwatch community.