Blizzard has launched a big update for Overwatch that not only balances characters and fixes some bugs, but also adds a whole bunch of Halloween stuff.
12-10-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Blizzard loves organising special events in their games that are based on real-life holidays. And Halloween is probably their favourite. While World of Warcraft players can look forward to killing The Headless Horseman over and over again, Overwatch players can play their very first Halloween event from today until November 1.
Just like during the Summer Olympics event, the in-game Loot Boxes have received a seasonal overhaul. The Jack-o’-lanterns are filled with over 100 new cosmetic upgrades. There’s Halloween-themed icons, sprays, victory poses and emotes, but of course what everyone’s really after are the new skins.
Not all characters get a Halloween outfit, but those that do are really, really cool. Junkrat’s Junkenstein skin takes the cake, but I wouldn’t mind finding Mercy’s ‘Witch’, ‘Pumpkin’ Reaper or ‘Ghoul’ Ana in my Jack-o’-lootbox either. Polygon has a gallery of all the available skins.
During the Halloween event you’ll also be able to participate in Junkenstein’s Revenge, the game’s first co-op PvE mode. Players will choose from the Alchemist (Ana), the Archer (Hanzo), the Gunslinger (McCree) or the Soldier (Soldier 76) to team up against an army of monsters, zombies and witches.
The update comes just after Blizzard announced more than 20 million accounts have been created for Overwatch. This doesn’t necessarily mean the game has been sold 20 million times (it includes players in internet cafes, for example), but it’s a sure sign Overwatch is here to stay.
Besides the Halloween event, there’s also some character balances, bug fixes and new features in today’s patch. It introduces Leaderboards, extra voice-lines, new camera options in Spectator Mode and more. You can find the full patch notes on the Overwatch forums.