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

Published: 4/Dec/2018 17:54 Updated: 4/Dec/2018 18:04

by Joe O'Brien

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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.