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This Overwatch Mercy skin concept would be perfect for Winter Wonderland

Published: 28/Nov/2018 16:54 Updated: 28/Nov/2018 17:02

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created an incredible concept skin for Mercy that would fit right in with the upcoming “Winter Wonderland” event.

Winter Wonderland is the next in-game event scheduled for Overwatch. Exact details for this year’s edition haven’t been confirmed yet, but it is likely to include some limited-time game modes, and will inevitably add a new line of cosmetic items.

For many fans, it’s the new skins that are of most interest for the upcoming event, especially as game director Jeff Kaplan has said that the developers haven’t put much focus on other new event content this year as they work on broader features for the game.

The new skins will undoubtedly follow the winter and Christmas theme, with a potential Nutcracker-inspired skin for Junkrat on the way. Concept artist Cassandra De La Torre created her own Mercy skin idea for the event that looks like it could appear in-game tomorrow.

De La Torre’s concept skin, called “Snow Seraph”, sees Mercy wrapped in a regal, fur-lined coat, wearing an icy crown and bearing an ice-tipped wooden staff.

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Not stopping with just the skin concept art, De La Torre also created some sprays to go alongside Snow Seraph Mercy, and even demonstrated what the skin would look like in-game.

Cassandra De La TorreCassandra De La Torre

In 2017, Winter Wonderland took place from December 12 to January 1, so assuming a similar schedule, it’s likely to arrive this year some time in the next couple of weeks, with the most likely date being Thursday December 13.

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Overwatch 2 reportedly won’t release in 2021, new heroes “unlikely”

Published: 26/Jan/2021 20:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch 2 report is further casting doubt on the sequel releasing in 2021, but it hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of new heroes coming out for the current game.

Lots of new rumors about Overwatch 2 have been swirling lately, with notable insider Metro, who originally leaked info about the game prior to its announcement, claiming development is proceeding very slowly.

Now, an Overwatch League source has reportedly claimed that the 2021 season will only be played on one game.

According to a report from The Game Haus’ Robert Hanes, a team source revealed that the reason the season was delayed to April was for teams to get players’ visas approved and so the league could figure out the format.

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We’ve been waiting on Overwatch 2 news for what seems like forever.

This, unfortunately, rules out any hope fans may have had that the season’s delay was a sign that Overwatch 2 would be releasing soon.

While this doesn’t rule out a potential beta version of Overwatch 2 being released, especially with BlizzCon 2021 in February, it’s unlikely we get the full game in any capacity.

That all said, the source does have some potentially good news. When asked about new heroes coming in the 2021 season, the source said “TBD on new heroes, but seems unlikely.”

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Overwatch 2 is heavily focused on PvE gameplay.

Previously, the Overwatch devs have said that Echo would be the last hero released for the original game, so even getting a “to be decided” on this could give us a touch of hope.

If development is going very slow, it’s possible the devs may throw fans a bone in the form of a new hero to tide them over in the meantime.

The OWL season is scheduled to begin in April and conclude a few months later. Assuming a new hero isn’t revealed at BlizzCon, the only logical point to introduce a new character could be in-between one of the four tournaments.

Push game mode in Overwatch
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“Push” is a new game mode coming to Overwatch 2.

This narrows down the possible timeframes where a new hero could make their way to the game while still being playable during the season.

In any case, we’ll hopefully learn a lot more about Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon, but at this rate, don’t expect to see a release date.