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Overwatch’s new Winter Wonderland event goes live with new mode, skins

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Say hello to 4v4 Freezethaw Elimination and Penguin Mei

Zenyatta appears in his Toybot skin for Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland 2020 event Image: Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch’s annual holiday event, Winter Wonderland, is here. Winter Wonderland 2020 brings with it limited-time game modes from previous years (Mei’s Snowball Offensive, Yeti Hunt, and Snowball Deathmatch), as well as a new mode: 4v4 Freezethaw Elimination.

Of course, Blizzard Entertainment has also given Overwatch players a fresh batch of holiday and winter-themed skins to earn, including the delightful Penguin Mei, Toybot Zenyatta, and Lumberjack Torbjörn. You can see all of Winter Wonderland 2020’s new skins in the gallery at the end of this post.

In addition to five legendary skins that can be earned from event loot boxes, three epic skins can be earned through weekly challenges in Overwatch. Players can unlock the following skins by winning nine games each week:

  • Week 1: Elf Junkrat (Epic)
  • Week 2: Gingerbread Ana (Epic)
  • Week 3: Frosty Roadhog (Epic)

Overwatch’s new limited-time mode, 4v4 Freezethaw Elimination, requires one team to completely freeze the other team in order to win. Opposing players will become frozen — the effect looks similar to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze ability — when they would normally die, but teammates can thaw them out (revive them, in other words).

Winter Wonderland 2020 will run in Overwatch from Dec. 15 through Jan. 5. The event is now live on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.