Overwatch has proven itself a resilient online competitive title in the era of Fortnite and battle royale, with part of the reason being Blizzard's consistent updates and seasonal events. Speaking of which, just weeks after the Halloween event has wrapped up, Blizzard is now announcing Overwatch's annual holiday-themed Winter Wonderland event, complete with official start and end dates.
Overwatch posted a brief, five-second teaser for its 2018 Winter Wonderland event, the caption reading, "Snow off your holiday spirit." What's more is that Blizzard has confirmed that the seasonal event officially returns December 11, and ends on January 2, 2019.
Snow off your holiday spirit! ☃️— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 4, 2018
Overwatch Winter Wonderland returns December 11. pic.twitter.com/ZDkz80h8Ts
Last year, the holiday-inspired event brought along a new 5v1 battle mode pitting five buffed Meis against one yeti-skinned Winston. It hasn't been confirmed that this mode will return for 2018, but Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan recently made clear his intention not to introduce any new seasonal game modes this year.
Similar to Overwatch seasonal events from 2018 and previous years, the forthcoming Winter Wonderland event will likely include new holiday-themed skins for a variety of heroes. Considering her recent introduction to the Overwatch roster, it's possible that the rifle-toting Ashe will get some fresh holiday duds for the event.
For comparison, Overwatch added a total of nine new skins for the Halloween event earlier this season, including "Undead McCree," "Pumpkin Mei," and "Junkenstein’s Bride Sombra." Last year's Winter Wonderland event introduced seven new themed skins. With this being the case, Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018 is expected to bring a comparable number of new skins.
Blizzard continues to pay close attention to player concerns, as well as bug fixes and content updates that keep the Overwatch experience fresh going into the title's third year on the market. It was recently revealed that the game's next major update, which Blizzard is calling a "remaster," will require players to uninstall and reinstall the game to take effect. Apparently, the patch will bring improved loading times and fix various bugs, among other tweaks.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.