Posted 16th February 2018 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
Blizzard celebrates holidays with annual events coinciding with the holiday’s theme. This time around, with the Lunar New Year tomorrow, Blizzard kicks-off its own Year of the Dog themed event on Overwatch. Starting things off with a free-to-play weekend for the game, which includes PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Moreover, new players playing during the free weekend can also take part in the ongoing Overwatch Lunar New Year event.
The free-to-play weekend will run from February 16 to 19, starting at 11 PM Pacific Time zone. Moreso, for the PS4 and XBOX players, you can pre-download the game right now in preparation for the actual launch of the free weekend. All 26 heroes, 17 maps, and a variety of game modes will be accessible for the event.
You can still welcome the Year of the Dog when playing Overwatch when you take part in the event. In the celebration, you’ll find purchasable skins based off Chinese mythology, specifically six new skins for Mercy, Zarya, Genji, Pharah, Widowmaker, and McCree.
If you remember last year’s event, Year of the Rooster, became a success after the addition of skins and a Capture the Flag game mode, which was then called Capture the Rooster. The highly requested game mode makes its return in this year’s event with a new map. Ayutthaya, the new map, is set in Thailand and showcases new visuals that players will surely be fond of.
Going into the specifics of Capture the Flag, the mode will not be the same as it was before. The reintroduction now comes with balance changes. One change is dealing with draws, where a sudden death mechanic makes the game much more offense-oriented. When the mechanic triggers, automatically move both team flags at the center of the map, opening more opportunities to capture the flag.
Spend the Lunar New Year with family and also with Overwatch’s free weekend. If you haven’t played Overwatch before, this is your opportunity to play along with the festivities coming with the holiday.
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