Overwatch‘s Jeff Kaplan has announced the return of the Winter Wonderland event in a new Developer Update, promising a variety of new Legendary skins and the introduction of an original cat-and-mouse competitive mode.
Kaplan began the Developer Update video teasing some of the Legendary skins fans can expect. While he doesn’t give away many specifics, Kaplan revealed that a new Hanzo skin is coming, based on a popular outfit from a previous Overwatch comic, and new holiday skins for Junkrat and Roadhog can also be expected. The total amount of new skins will include many more than these, but Kaplan didn’t want to give too much away just yet.
Mei, being the most snow-themed hero, will be highlighted during this event, with two new Arcade modes centered around the character. The first is the returning Snowball Offensive mode from last year, in which several Meis must take each other out with instant-kill snowballs, while the second is a brand new mode called Yeti Hunt. Yeti Hunt involves a team of five Meis hunting down one Winston across the Nepal map’s village stage. It may sound like an unfair advantage for the Meis, but if Winston finds enough meat scattered around the map, he can activate his Primal Rage ability. If the Meis kill Winston quick enough, they win, but if Winston gets his Primal Rage, the Meis need to escape, lest Winston take victory.
While Yeti Hunt will go down only on Nepal, Snowball Offensive can be played on both Ecopoint: Antarctica and the festively redesigned Black Forest arena map. The King’s Row and Hanamura holiday redesigns from last year will also be returning.
Overwatch‘s Winter Wonderland event starts on December 12th. No end date was offered, but fans should expect it to last until January 2nd.