As we enter the holiday season, it is time for Overwatch 2 players to look forward to events that could be happening during season 2 of the game.
That is right, we are talking about the yearly Winter Wonderland event that happens at the end of every year for Overwatch. During this time, new game modes and new skins are available for players to enjoy. When season 1 ends, will it be the same with Overwatch 2?
Update on 14 December 2022 - This article was updated and checked for the latest 'Overwatch 2 Winter Wonderland Event' news and leaks.
Overwatch 2 Winter Wonderland Latest News
The Overwatch Winter Wonderland event for 22 is now live, here's a quick overview of what to expect:
"From now until January 4, join in special arcade game modes like Freeze Thaw elimination, Yeti Hunter, Snowball Deathmatch, and Mei's Snowball Offensive. Complete wintery challenges alongside these limited-time modes to earn weapon charms, player icons, sprays, and more—including the Ice Queen Epic Brigitte skin."
There's also a new Sleighing Legendary D.Va Skin which can be obtained via Twitch drops available from December 25 through to January 4.
Hopefully, we'll get a small teaser and a look at a few new skins.
So far we only know of two skins, the Epic Ice Queen Brigitte skin, and the new Gingerbread Bastion Skin. Both of which can be seen just below:
The second season of Overwatch 2 has officially started, and it wont be long until the in-game Winter Wonderland event kicks off, although you've got one more week to wait.
Overwatch 2 Winter Wonderland starts on December 13.
Blizzard has finally revealed its first look at Overwatch 2 Season 2 and part of the roadmap includes one new skin for hero Brigitte.
You can see this new skin on the images embedded on the Tweet below, but you can also see the skin at the 1.16 mark in the Season 2 trailer (also below).
Last year the Winter Wonderland event gave players eight skins, but how many will we see in this new iteration of Overwatch 2. Only time will tell...
Overwatch 2 Season 2 starts on December 6. That's less than 2 weeks away!
It's Thanksgiving this weekend and we probably won't hear much about the new season until December 29th at the earliest.
You would hope that Blizzard would provide some sort of update by then, and with any luck, it will give us more info on the upcoming 2022 Winter Wonderland event.
Executive producer Jared Neuss has confirmed that in a change to how the team handled Halloween Terror, players will be able to earn new skins through playing.
“In Season 2, we’ve changed up our rewards a bit so that each event has a skin you can earn by playing, in addition to the other cosmetic rewards we already offer,” Neuss wrote.
“We’re also going to continue our Twitch drops programs so that you can earn skins and in-game goodies by supporting your favorite creators. While we're working on the long-term plans, we want upcoming seasons to feel more rewarding than Season 1.”
Is The Winter Wonderland Event Coming To Overwatch 2?
Update - It's now confirmed that the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event will return as part of Overwatch 2 Season 2. You can see it included on the roadmap just below.
Original Story - At the moment, there is no official announcement for Overwatch 2 to have the Winter Wonderland event for the game. But that does not mean that an announcement is not coming soon.
Blizzard is already bringing back seasonal events for Overwatch 2. The Halloween Junkenstein event is already confirmed and was a popular seasonal event that came every year. It stands to reason that the Winter Wonderland Event is coming back to Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 2 Winter Wonderland Start Time
Having confirmed the event will return as part of Overwatch 2 Season 2, we also now know when the event will start and end.
- Overwatch 2 Winter Wonderland 2022 starts on December 13.
- Overwatch 2 Winter Wonderland 2022 ends on January 4.
As for official start times for the event, typically Blizzard tends to launch these in the evening, and given the Overwatch 2 Shop rotates at 7pm GMT, we'll assume the event will launch simultaneously barring any hiccups.
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What Happens During The Overwatch Winter Wonderland Event?
The thing that most people look forward to during the Winter Wonderland Event is the seasonal skins and cosmetics that appear. Since there are more characters in the game now, players should expect new skins and cosmetics for Kiriko, Junker Queen, Sojourn, and the new tank hero coming in Season 2 of Overwatch 2.
Custom game modes are available to play as well. Custom games such as Mei's Snowball Offensive where all players play as Mei and players use snowballs for attacks. Players can expect new game modes since Blizzard will want to step it up in Overwatch 2.
For more on the game, check our section dedicated to Overwatch 2 news, guides, and features.
Featured image courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.