The holiday season is here, so that means Overwatch 2 is rolling out the traditional Winter Wonderland event. With the launch of the new Overwatch, the event is getting a bit of a refresh – this time, you can look forward to four limited-time events, including classics like Yeti Hunter and Mei’s Snowball Offensive, and a new option in Freeze Thaw Elimination.
Of course, there will be new cosmetics, including the Ice Queen Epic Brigitte skin, which you can nab by completing challenges, and Sleighing D.Va Legendary skin you can earn by watching 6 hours of Overwatch 2 on Twitch drop-enabled channels.
❄️Winter Wonderland is BACK ❄️
☃️ Four frosty game modes ☃️
🎁Free festive rewards to unlock 🎁
🎉 Celebrate the holiday season with us now through Jan 4! 🎉
Get the full rundown: https://t.co/RmNCZTM3BY pic.twitter.com/C8ooZwFVTG
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 13, 2022
Here’s a bit more official detail on the limited-time Winter Wonderland modes (in addition to basic Snowball Deathmatch).
“In Mei’s Snowball Offensive, Mei no longer fires a stream of frost or icicles but instead fires snowballs to instantly knock out her opponents in a 6v6 Elimination or an 8-player FFA Deathmatch ruleset.
Next is Mei’s Yeti Hunt, a unique 5v1 raid-boss brawl. A Yeti is stealing food from the local village, and it’s up to the team of five Mei players to set traps and freeze the rampaging Yeti—but be careful! If he steals too much meat, he will go into an outrage and can easily wipe out the enemy team. Carefully spread out, set your traps, and catch the Yeti!
Finally, Freeze Thaw Elimination is Overwatch 2’s version of freeze tag, where the goal is to freeze all the opponents by eliminating them while getting your own teammates back in the game by thawing them. No game is ever truly complete unless you make sure to chill each of your opponents to the bone in this fast-paced elimination game mode.”
Activision Blizzard has faced a series of lawsuits and other legal action on the heels of a suit filed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) alleging widespread gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment at the Call of Duty publisher. You can get more details on that unfolding story here.
Overwatch 2 can be played on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS4, and Switch. Winter Wonderland 2022 kicks off today and will last until January 4.