Overwatch Lunar New Year 2021 announced: dates, D.Va teaser, more

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Overwatch has officially announced when the 2021 Lunar New Year event will begin and did so by showing off an amazing new D.Va highlight intro.

As Overwatch announced on February 1, the event will run from February 4 to the 25. They did so by unveiling a brand new highlight intro for D.Va where her mech explodes to create an epic fireworks display.

The timing of the mech exploding as she snaps her fingers is downright perfect and we can’t wait to see all the POTGs that use this new highlight.


The Lunar New Year event is the first stop on the Overwatch event calendar. It’s all about the Chinese New Year and introduces fresh content that revolves around Chinese culture and festivity.

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In the past, it’s always included special game modes, map themes, cosmetics, and of course, some extraordinary skins. It’s safe to say that this year won’t be any different.

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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is a time for celebration!

What special game modes will the event include?

Last year, Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event introduced Capture The Flag Blitz. In essence, it was a traditional capture the flag mode, but with a twist. Flags were placed much closer to the teams, and six captures were needed instead of three.

It often ended up being a chaotic skirmish, but no two games were the same, and it was incredibly fun. Based on the track record, all the signs point toward a similar event happening this year. However, there’s always a chance Blizzard could introduce something completely new. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Overwatch’s Capture The Flag Blitz is a good casual mode to break up the ranked grind.

Lunar New Year skins

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year events are all about the skins. The previous one added four legendary skins and three epic skins, making it seven in total. Moira, Sombra, Brigitte, Lucio, Winston, Doomfist, and Wrecking ball were the lucky heroes.

Unfortunately, we don’t know which heroes will get skins this year or what they’ll look like. But we’ll be sure to update this article the moment we do and provide a list of them all in this section.

That said, with this year being Year of the Ox, there is a good chance that Orisa ends up getting a brand new skin to match her horse/animal Omnic theme.

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Last year’s Overwatch New Year event skins were fantastic, and they will be even better this year.

When will the event start?

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year 2021 event will begin on Thursday, February 4 and run until February 25. Interestingly, the event will end up overlapping with BlizzConline on February 19 in the process.

Fans should also be sure to log into the game when the event starts as their first loot box is normally on the house, meaning there will be a chance to unlock a new skin or cosmetic with minimal work needed.