More Details About Overwatch Year of the Dog Event

YVR Chinese New Year

YVR Chinese New Year

"So we've added a "sudden death" mechanic", Kaplan explained. Players can now pick up the flag without any delay, although if the player holding the flag uses certain movement abilities or abilities that boost mobility, they will drop the flag on the spot.

Now, flag captures are instant.

"We found that by doing this the rate of capture is much higher", Kaplan said. You can check out the latest developer update video below.

However the Lunar New Year, Year of the Dog event isn't the only thing that will be making a return to Overwatch in February 2018, as Blizzard also revealed that the PvE Uprising mode will be making a comeback at some unspecified point in the future. "The games are much more offensive and much more action packed". This will be the second time an event game mode comes with a competitive version, the first being Lúcioball, in the Summer Games 2017 event.

"First off, there's no more draws anymore", Kaplan said. Overwatch fans have been spoilt for new skins lately, with the addition of the Overwatch League team skins and the more recent cosmetic update, but that hasn't stopped Blizzard bringing six new Legendary skins with the Year of the Dog event. The game was launched during the Year of the Rooster event from last year.


The event sold out quickly and over 300 people are expected to fill the Multicultural Centre on Saturday to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Finally, he reveals there will be 6 new legendary skins coming with the Year of the Dog celebration including new skins for Mercy and Genji and over 50 new seasonal items.

While many may have celebrated New Year's Day on January 1, not all did.

From the thumbnail of the video, it appears that Widowmaker will be in line to receive a skin as well.

That said, the developers have chose to keep the Overwatch Year of the Dog event running for four weeks this time since they realized that many people usually travel during Lunar New Year, giving them the chance to experience the event. A new highlight reel for one hero is apparently another highlight of the cosmetics being added.

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