Those who have been playing Overwatch for quite a while now know that Blizzard’s team-based multiplayer is familiar with yearly holiday or winter-themed events, which usually offer players new game modes and skins or cosmetics.
The same thing was offered during the game’s Halloween 2020 event, which came with several skins that matched the spooky theme as well as an original game mode called Junkenstein’s Revenge.
This time around, however, Overwatch will be celebrating the annual Winter Wonderland event since it’s clearly December and therefore the start of the holiday season. That being said, Winter Wonderland 2020 has officially gone live today on all platforms that Overwatch supports.
Needless to say, not only does it introduce a new game mode called Freezethaw Elimination, players are given the chance to choose from a variety of winter-themed cosmetics.
To celebrate, Blizzard has released a fun trailer to showcase Winter Wonderland 2020 and give players an idea of what they can expect during the said event. As mentioned, there are a couple of brand-new skins that players can unlock, specifically five new legendary skins.
Namely, there’s the Penguin Mei, Ice Empress Moira, Conductor Reinhardt, Lumberjack Torbjorn, and Toybot Zenyatta. Naturally, these legendary skins also come with one-of-a-kind wintery details that make them stand out from the rest of the cosmetics.
In addition, there are also three epic skins available during this event, along with new icons and sprays that match the winter theme.
As previously mentioned, Winter Wonderland 2020 will also feature a new Winter Brawl, which the developer has called Freezethaw Elimination. This is indeed a very interesting game mode, as players within a 4v4 team will be frozen solid in place instead of getting eliminated like usual.
The main goal of Freezethaw Elimination in order to win the match is to freeze all the members of the enemy team. The catch, however, is that players have the ability to thaw their frozen teammates, giving them the chance to turn things around and potentially win the match.
Fans of Overwatch’s previous winter-themed game modes will be happy to know that three are making a comeback this year, namely Snowball Deathmatch, Yeti Hunter, and Mei’s Snowball Offensive.
Players will also be given a chance to win free rewards during Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland 2020 event. More specifically, the game will introduce brand-new winter-themed weekly challenges that players have to complete.
Players will be able to unlock the three new epic skins just by playing and beating nine games per week. The skins include Gingerbread Ana, Elf Junkrat, and Frosty the Snowman Roadhog.
Players will earn the Elf Junkrat skin after beating Week 1, followed by the Frosty the Snowman Roadhog skin for beating Week 2. Lastly, successfully doing Week 3 offers players the Gingerbread Ana skin. Players need to take note, however, that these challenges are only available for a limited time so it’s best to complete the challenges every week before it’s too late.
One exciting aspect of this annual end-of-the-year celebration is the fact that Winter Wonderland cosmetics from the previous years will also be available to players either through loot boxes or by purchasing them via credits.
Winter Wonderland 2020 will run until January 5, giving players sufficient time to explore everything that Overwatch will be offering in this year’s event.