Seasonal events have been a big hit for Overwatch since each time they host one, it introduces new unlockable content like skins, voice lines and emotes alongside a specialized game mode and map variations. The first event Blizzard chose to commemorate was the 2016 Summer Olympic Games followed by a spooky Halloween-themed event, and as of today, you can now participate in a Christmas-themed event dubbed ‘Winter Wonderland'.
❄️ Grab a mug of hot cocoa, put on an ugly sweater, and jingle all the way to Overwatch's Winter Wonderland! ❄️
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 13, 2016
The patch began rolling out this afternoon and offers over 100 new unlockables up for grabs with a free event loot box (wrapped like a present) just for logging in. Alongside the seasonal event, recent changes that have been showcased in the PTR like an entire Symmetra rework have also gone live.
Besides all the in-game content that can be earned via loot boxes until January 2nd, there is a new event brawl dubbed ‘Snowball Fight' in which all of the players are Mei. Instead of her gun shooting a flurry of ice like usual, it shoots a powerful snowball that takes out opponents in one hit. After you used up your single shot, you are forced to retreat to a snow pile to reload though you have your basic abilities like ice block and ice wall to help you survive. Her ultimate ability is replaced with a fully automatic snowball cannon that can be used to take out several opponents quickly.
Those interested in joining in on the Holiday-themed Overwatch fun can now download the free update via their PC or gaming console of choice.
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