'Overwatch' Winter Wonderland Update Released: Christmas event with new skins goes live

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The holiday season has officially come to Overwatch.

A new patch just hit the PC, Xbox One and PS4 versions of Overwatch that brings with it the Winter Wonderland event, which lasts until Jan. 2. Like previous seasonal events, it includes lots of skins, cosmetic items, a new mode and some temporary map makeovers.

Here's everything you need to know.

Overwatch Winter Wonderland: Skins, emotes, victory poses and more

If you want a quick look at all the new skins and other unlockable items, check out the video below. We've also created a separate article with high-resolution images of every skin so you can peruse them at your leisure.

Source: Hazelnuttygames/YouTube

Overwatch Winter Wonderland: Mei's Snowball Offensive mode

The temporary Winter Wonderland mode is a 6-on-6 mode set at the Ecopoint: Antarctica map. In this mode, everyone plays Mei, but her endothermic blaster shoots snowballs instead of its usual stream of ice. And, after shooting a single snowball, players have to run to a nearby pile of snow to reload.

Rules for Mei's Snowball OffensiveSource: Blizzard Entertainment
Rules for Mei's Snowball Offensive  Blizzard Entertainment

Each player only takes one hit to defeat, so if you shoot your blaster and need to reload, keep your eyes peeled for enemy Meis while you look for the nearest pile of snow. Otherwise, you might get a surprise snowball to the back of the head.

Overwatch Winter Wonderland: Map makeovers for Hanamura and King's Row

Here's what you can expect Hanamura to look like during the Winter Wonderland event:

Hanamura map in 'Overwatch'Source: Blizzard Entertainment
Hanamura map in 'Overwatch'  Blizzard Entertainment

And here's the holiday-themed King's Row map:

King's Row in 'Overwatch'Source: Blizzard Entertainment
King's Row in 'Overwatch'  Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch Winter Wonderland update: Watch the trailer for the Christmas event

To see the Winter Wonderland event in action, check out the official trailer for the event embedded below.

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Overwatch 2.01 full patch notes

Tuesday's patch didn't just usher in the Winter Wonderland event. Symmetra's new reworked ability set and a ton of other bug fixes were also included. Check out the full patch notes here.

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Dec. 13, 2016, 4:36 p.m.: This story has been updated.