While the sequel has become the priority, Overwatch continues to be supported by Blizzard across all major platform.
The next major patch for the game is expected to include the Winter Wonderlands event, complete with new skins and cosmetics.
This will be the main draw, as no new maps or characters are expected to arrive until the release of Overwatch 2.
The big win for Overwatch gamers is that even when the new title is launched, the original will still receive multiplayer support.
In the meantime, the normal seasonal events are expected to continue, with the Overwatch Winter Wonderland coming next.
The new Overwatch event is expected to kick off in early December and could even be ready to download and play this week.
And that means we could also start finding out about the new skins this week, and whatever returning activities are planned.
So far, there have been no new leaks or hints from Blizzard regarding what they have planned for the end of the year.
But that could all change in the coming days with a surprise announcement from Blizzard.
OVERWATCH WINTER WONDERLAND RELEASE DATE
The 2020 Overwatch Winter Wonderland event release date could be shared this week by the development team.
Past events have been announced early in December, meaning we’re about due for some kind of reveal.
Other Winter events have kicked off on December 10, meaning there’s a chance that Blizzard could surprise everyone and launch Wonderland 2020 without any buildup.
Based on past releases, the 2020 Overwatch Winter Wonderland could begin on or around December 10, across PS4, Xbox One and PC.
As with all Blizzard events, fans can expect the action to kick off at around 7pm UK time, and will likely run from December to the beginning of January.
The best thing about seasonal Overwatch events is that they give players the opportunity to bag new items.
This includes a lengthy list of new and returning skins available as part of special seasonal loot boxes.
Fans will also be able to purchase new and returning skins from the in-game store – the latter of which at a reduced price.
Returning skins include Scrooge McCree, Yeti Winston, Rudolph Roadhog and much more.
In addition to new skins, emotes and other unlockables, Winter Wonderland adds the Yeti Hunter game mode and Mei’s Snowball Offensive.
Descriptions for both events can be found below:
This 6-player brawl sets five Meis against one Yeti player who uses Winston’s abilities. The Yeti must gather meat to unlock a powerful Primal Rage ability, making him immune to Mei’s freezing abilities and granting other more powerful bonuses to eliminate the hunters.
Mei players have a new tool in their arsenal, too: a “Yeti Trap” ultimate ability to root their quarry in place. Yeti players must survive long enough to eliminate enemy Meis before they take him down. Which side will emerge victorious from the snow?
MEI’S SNOWBALL OFFENSIVE
In this brawl, Mei’s Endothermic Blaster has been modified to fire a single, super-powered snowball. Taking down an enemy only requires one hit, but a miss can be costly. Once your weapon is empty search for the nearest snow pile to reload.
When the battle starts to heat up, you can activate Mei’s Ultimate, which turns her blaster into an automatic snowball launcher, allowing you to fire continuously as your enemies scatter.