The Overwatch Christmas event is about to go live on PS4, Xbox One and PC, as Blizzard brings Winter Wonderland back for a second year.
Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland Christmas event has a December 12 release date on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
There’s no official start time, but Blizzard events and new releases almost always go live at 6-7pm UK time.
Likewise, events typically last for three weeks, which means Winter Wonderland should stick around until January 2, 2018.
The Overwatch Christmas event launches with a brand new game mode centred around Mei, as well as a host of new and returning skins, plus a big update with even bigger patch notes.
The new outfits include a skin for Hanzo that was previously seen in an Overwatch comic. You can see a mock-up of this skin in the gallery below (via Rebecca Hahner). Junkrat and Roadhog are also getting new skins for the event.
New skins tend to leak ahead of time, so stay tuned for any updates.
Mei’s Yeti Hunt is an asymmetrical game mode in which a team of five Mei characters hunt down a single Winston player.
Winston’s job is to search the map for meat-based power-ups that will fuel his ‘Primal Rage’.
If Winston succeeds in powering up before being captured, then the tables turn and the Mei team must escape.
Fans will also be pleased to find out that Mei’s Snowball Offensive is making a return.
The 6-v-6 game mode is essentially a giant snowball fight in which Mei’s primary fire only has one fire. The plus side is that it only takes one hit to kill an enemy.
Mei’s Ultimate unleashes an infinite flurry of snowballs, but only for a brief time.
This year’s Mei’s Snowball Offensive mode has been moved to the Black Forest arena map.
And speaking of the Black Forest map, Blizzard has decided to give it a Christmas makeover for the duration of the event.
That’s on top of festive updates for King’s Row, Hanamura and Ecopoint Antarctica.
Based on previous events, the returning Christmas skins will be reduced to 1,000 in-game credits, compared to 3,000 for the new skins.
The Winter Wonderland event comes with a host of seasonal items, including sprays, emotes and more.
Express Online will update this article with any leaks, new skins or trailers.