No new mode is expected this year.
“Snow off your holiday spirit!” Blizzard tweeted today. “Overwatch Winter Wonderland returns December 11.”
The tweet features a brief five-second video showing the map Blizzard World being redecorated for Winter Wonderland. After a snowstorm sweeps across the screen, Blizzard World is shown with holiday lights strewn about.
This year’s timeline is a slight departure from last year, when Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland was held from Dec. 12-Jan. 1. That version brought with it a new mode called Yeti Hunter that featured five overpowered Meis squaring off against one raging Winston. Another mode, Mei’s Snowball Offensive, also returned from 2016’s Winter Wonderland.
No new mode is expected to accompany this year’s take on the yearly event, however. Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan said in September that Blizzard was happy with the existing seasonal modes.
What is expected – though not confirmed – are new skins, possibly including a Rat King Junkrat first spotted on a Blizzard t-shirt. It’s also possible, though also not confirmed, that new character Ashe will get her own Winter Wonderland skin.
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