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Overwatch • Dec 04, 2018

A new festive Overwatch map is coming in this year's Winter Wonderland event

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A new festive Overwatch map is coming in this year's Winter Wonderland event
Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard have announced when this year’s Overwatch Winter Wonderland in-game event will take place.

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The next event on the Overwatch calendar will see the game getting into the festive spirit, and will run from December 11 to January 2.

Blizzard’s latest teaser for the event reveals that this year’s edition will include a winter version of Blizzard World, the map set in a theme park based around Blizzard’s other game franchises, such as World of Warcraft and Diablo.

Blizzard World joins Hanamura and King’s Row as maps with a winter re-skin for the event. Seasonal updates for maps are theoretically limited to cosmetic changes, although there have been examples of the new look having a functional impact in certain locations.

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Full details of the event have yet to be revealed, but it will inevitably include a set of new cosmetic items, and is likely to see the return of last year’s brawls, the “Snowball Offensive” and “Yeti Hunt”.

Though none of the skins coming with the event have been officially revealed, there has been speculation that a Nutcracker-inspired Junkrat skin might be included, after such a skin appeared on a t-shirt alongside other existing festive skins.

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Those hoping to get an early look at the new cosmetics should keep an eye on the Overwatch Twitter account in the days ahead of the event, as Blizzard typically reveal some of them before they arrive in-game.

Unfortunately for fans hoping for additional new content, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan previously stated that this year’s in-game events wouldn’t bring anything new, as the development team have been focused on broader content and systems for the game.