Play of the Fortnight: Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Guide

The Year of the Pig is upon us, and so is the Overwatch Lunar New Year event. Technically starting on February 5th, 2019, the Year of the Pig features an earth element this year, and the lucky colors yellow, gray, brown, and gold. You can see these colors highlighted in many of the event skins Blizzard designed for the Year of the Pig event.

In this Play of the Fortnight, we’re giving an Overwatch Lunar New Year Event guide, letting you know all the skins and achievement unlocks you need to get before the event ends.

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event 2019

When is the Lunar New Year event?

The Overwatch Lunar New Year event already began on Thursday, January 24th. As usual, the event lasts three weeks (just over that, in fact) and will end on Monday, February 18th. This means the event will run throughout the real life Lunar New Year celebrations, which are on Tuesday, February 5th, and give players some additional time to get their unlocks.

Festive Capture the Flag

First appearing in the Year of the Rooster event, Capture the Flag has been a relatively popular Arcade game mode. This year, Blizzard has added a festive twist with the Capture the Flag: Busan map. Players can access this by simply queuing up from the Arcade menu for the duration of the event.

On top of that, Season 2 of Competitive Capture the Flag has started. Players can earn an icon, spray, and competitive points. They can also climb the ranks as in regular competitive.

Lunar New Year Achievements

Players can unlock two exclusive sprays through achievements in the Lunar New Year event. The first of these achievements, “Delivery Interruption”, is unlocked when players kill an enemy flag carrier. Unsurprisingly, it awards a spray called “Interrupted Delivery.” Capturing a flag earns the next achievement, “Captured”, and awards a flag spray.

Unfortunately, there is a bug with these achievements. Blizzard accidentally added the achievements before the event began, and players who unlocked them in regular Capture the Flag weren’t given any rewards. Now that the rewards have been added to the game, those players weren’t given them retroactively. Blizzard will likely fix this soon, but there’s been no update so far.

Exclusive Overwatch Lunar New Year event skins

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event 2019

This year, Blizzard added six Legendary event skins. Five of these skins are named after famous Chinese generals: Huang Zhong (Hanzo), Lu Bu (Reaper), Guan Yu (Reinhardt), Zhang Fei (Torbjorn), and Zhuge Liang (Zenyatta). The sixth legendary skin is Hong Gildong (Tracer), named after a hero from a Korean novel, who has often been compared to Robin Hood for his exploits of stealing from the rich and corrupt.

Blizzard also added two new Epic skins: General Brigitte, and Sanye Orisa. Both of these are a lot more detailed than previous Epic skins have been, and it’s lovely seeing Orisa getting some attention.

Additional Content

Of course, the skins aren’t the only unlocks players can earn. We have two new emotes: one for Ana, and another for Soldier-76, the latter of which features a Rattle Drum. Players can also pick up six new victory poses, mostly featuring fireworks, but also Lucio’s excellent Drumming pose, which pairs nicely with his Drumming highlight intro, also added in this event.

Blizzard also added ten new voicelines, for Ashe, Brigitte, Hanzo, Junkrat, McCree, Winston, and Wrecking Ball. And finally, there’s six new non-achievement sprays to unlock. There’s plenty to pick up in the Lunar New Year loot boxes over the next three weeks, so make sure not to miss out.

What’s Up Next?

Blizzard doesn’t host an Easter event for Overwatch, but we do have an event around the same time. Originally called Uprising, the Archives event is due to run around April. Archives, assuming it keeps its name, brings with it a PvE brawl that so far has changed slightly each year, and always highlights an event in the Overwatch roster’s past.

There’s a lot of heroes who haven’t received any skins in a long time. D.Va is a great example: she’s only had four event skins in total, spanning three events. Redditor Foxy_Jr posted a detailed recap of the event skins, which gives us a bit of an idea of which heroes may be selected for the upcoming events.

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event 2019

Closing Thoughts

The Overwatch Lunar New Year event is a beautiful nod to a real life seasonal celebration. The skins have been tied to historical or legendary figures. As has become tradition from Blizzard, a lot of care has been put into their designs.

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

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Play of the Fortnight: Overwatch Winter Wonderland Skins Revealed

Blizzard confirmed a few days ago that the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event will return next week on Tuesday, December 11th. As has become a recent tradition, they’ve also revealed a few of the upcoming skins for the event, and are likely to continue with more reveals over the coming days.

In this Play of the Fortnight, let’s take a look at the skins we know about so far.

Snowboarder Zarya

Overwatch Winter Wonderland - Snowboarder Zarya

The new Zarya skin is adorable. She’s designed with a snowboarding theme, but Blizzard has gone a unique route by giving her a cute animal design as well. Donning a pale blue bear hat and a tiny fluffy tail, there’s a sharp contrast from the cute aesthetic to her customary Zarya scowl.

Blizzard’s tagline for their teaser tweet is perfect: they call her “pawsitively fursome”. This will be Zarya’s first Legendary skin for the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event. She’s received content in the past during the event, but never a Legendary skin specifically. We also haven’t seen a Zarya event skin at all since the Lunar New Year, which was five events ago, so it was definitely her time.

Arctic Fox Lucio

Overwatch Winter Wonderland - Arctic Fox Lucio

Lucio’s new skin is particularly interesting. Blizzard went with a cyber style outfit for our favorite DJ. However, it’s worth noting those ears. Arctic Fox Lucio wears a helmet with tiny fox ears, and his signature hair is now white and formed into a fox tail. Also, evidently Blizzard doesn’t follow the ancient color rule of “blue and green should never be seen” with this color combination.

Overall, many members of the community are dissatisfied with this skin. Some don’t like the design altogether, but most are frustrated that Lucio is getting yet another Legendary event skin. Unlike Zarya, Lucio got an event skin three events ago. However, he only has nine Legendary skins in total: there are definitely heroes who have more including — wait for it — Zarya, with 10.

 

A Winter Wonderland Theme…

It’s easy to see Blizzard has a theme in mind for the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event this year. We have Zarya in a bear outfit for snowboarding, and Lucio with fox ears and a fox tail. It seems we’ll be seeing some winter animal themed skins this year. With that in mind, who might we be seeing next?

Overwatch Winter Wonderland - Genji Skin

There are a few heroes who haven’t had an event skin in quite a while. For example, Hanzo, Genji, Mercy, and Reaper have not had an event skin in at least three seasonal events. It’s safe to say at least one or two of these heroes will get something winter themed this time. Perhaps we’ll see some Japanese winter animal skins for Genji or Hanzo?

We wouldn’t be surprised if Ashe gets an event skin this event as well. It’s very close to her hero release, but Blizzard has done that in the past.

 

When is the event starting and ending?

The Overwatch Winter Wonderland event begins on Tuesday, December 11th, and runs for the usual three weeks (plus a few days). This has it ending on Thursday, January 3rd. That means we only have a few days to wait until the next seasonal event and all these new skins. We’ll likely see more reveals over the next few days.

It also means it isn’t long until the inevitable return of Mei’s Snowball Offensive, and the Yeti Hunter brawl. Both of these Arcade game modes proved pretty popular, and we can only hope Blizzard brings back some exclusive achievements and sprays to unlock.

 

Closing Thoughts

Blizzard is going a slightly different direction with their Winter Wonderland skins this year. It seems they’re avoiding the Christmas theme and aiming for a more universal wintery aesthetic, especially focused around wintery animal outfits. It’ll be interesting to see who else gets a skin this year and what weird and wonderful outfits await us.

We quite like this new announcement method they’re using as well. Sharing a teaser with a short video clip of upcoming skins each day is a nice way of hyping up the event, and lets us know what we can expect ahead of time. Surprises are nice, but allowing ourselves to get excited about upcoming skins is perhaps more fun.

What are you most looking forward to with the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event? Are you holding out hope for another Mercy skin (finally)? Let us know in the comments below!

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RuneScape Winter Weekends to Boost Various Skill Lines

Whether you’re the sort to improve your Slayer skill or would rather just head out into the world and reel in all the fish, the upcoming RuneScape Winter Weekends will help you ramp up your skill line earnings with boosts to various playstyles over the next month or so.

runescape winter weekends

Every weekend (that’s Friday to Monday) from November 30th to January 7th, players of RuneScape can enjoy various boosts to specific skills, whether that’s 25% more XP for Slayers or higher yields for Farmers. Here are the complete dates and details:

  • November 30 – December 3: Elite Dungeons & Dungeoneering
  • December 7 – December 10: Deep Sea Fishing & Fishing
  • December 14 – December 17: Combat & Slayer
  • December 21 – December 24: Gathering & Support Skills
  • December 28 – December 31: Minigames
  • January 4 – January 7: Player-Owned Farms & Farming

In addition to these weekend buffs, the Violet is Blue seasonal quest is also arriving on December 17th. This quest will introduce players to a young girl who was raised by yetis and task them with helping her achieve her dream of visiting the annual yeti festival.

Full information on what each weekend’s skill boost will be can be found on the RuneScape website.

Our Thoughts

The Violet is Blue quest sounds pretty dang adorable, and we’re sure there are more than a few players of RuneScape who will appreciate seeing boosts to their favorite skill lines. We hope every player of this particular MMO has a good time over the winter months.

Source: press release

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Vermintide 2 Celebrates Halloween with Geheimnisnacht

In a world menaced by Chaos-driven fiends and snarling, huge rat-people, you probably don’t need a Halloween. In fact, you probably need a holiday where all you do is stay safe indoors and eat cookies. The Vermintide 2 Geheimnisnacht holiday, however, has no cookies. It has darkness.

vermintide 2 geheimnisnacht

For those who aren’t familiar with the lore, this particular holiday marks a time when the twin moons of Mannslieb and Morrslieb are full and the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. It also is said to be a time where magic as at its most potent.

What this means for the game of Vermintide 2 is that every map in the online slash-em-up will be covered in darkness, with no daylight to be seen from now until November 4th. There will also be an event quest that rewards a unique portrait frame, a thematic dressing-up of Thaal’s Horn Keep, and the re-opening of the Trophy Room.

The update that has brought the Geheimnisnacht holiday with it has also introduced a number of tweaks and bug fixes. The complete changelog can be found here.

Our Thoughts

Boy, that is a heck of a word to type out multiple times in a row. We do hope that players of Vermintide 2 enjoy Geheimnisnacht, but we can’t help but feel that this is a bit of a missed opportunity: after all, a game like this just oozes with the sort of style that screams Halloween. Perhaps next year…

Sources: press release, Steam

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Closers Celebrates Autumn with Items and a Giveaway

The spooking season continues across multiple games and Closers is certainly no exception. The side-scrolling action MMO is dressing up the game and its characters with the arrival of its Closers autumn event, and is even giving away a prize in a new giveaway.

closers autumn

In-game, players can take on bosses and enemies in a special Halloween stage to earn Jack-o-Lanterns, which can then be used to craft a variety of thematic cosmetics. Access to this special stage is open twice a day to Elite Members or once a day to free players.

IRL, there’s a pretty simple Gleam giveaway that only asks you to play Closers for at least two hours on Steam. The prize: a Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop, while five runners-up will receive an in-game Meister Bundle valued at $150. This giveaway runs until October 29th.

Finally, the announcement wrapped up with confirmation of the game’s next roster addition, SOMA. This new character wields a pair of tonfas to take down foes with what’s described as some heavy-hitting attacks.

Details about the autumn event can be found here or you can check out the trailer below.

Our Thoughts

Well, of course they were going to dress up their characters for Halloween. Honestly, it’d be weird if Closers didn’t have some sort of event like this. We hope that the grind for these cosmetics isn’t too aggravating and wish anyone entering the contest the best of luck.

Source: press release

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Battlerite Royale Shows Off its Halloween Goodies

Battlerite Royale certainly isn’t one to miss out on the chance to dress up for Halloween. The Curse of the Night event due this week not only brings some thematic looks, but a new addition to the MOBA royale game’s roster.

curse of the night event

If that face above looks familiar to you vanilla Battlerite fans, it should: it’s Ruh Kaan the Crypt Warden and he’s making his way to the Battlerite Royale roster. Which is appropriate, considering the Halloween-themed event.

On the topic of that event, players of Battlerite Royale will now see Trick or Treat Shrines which will grant either a buff or debuff. Effects include transforming players into a fast-moving black cat, changing them a ghost that can instill panic in nearby foes, or being frozen by fear and unable to move for a short time.

The Curse of the Night also introduces a new Haunted Keep map, a Scarecrow item that can be used to frighten your opponents, and the ability to host a private game lobby for yourself and your friends.

Finally, both Battlerite and Royale will be seeing a number of thematic items added, from event cosmetics that can be purchased with premium currency to chests stuffed with Halloween items that can be earned with either in-game currency or by completing event quests.

The Curse of the Night will hang over Battlerite and Battlerite Royale starting this Wednesday, October 17th and will run for three weeks.

Our Thoughts

We love the idea of the Trick or Treat Shrines, if for nothing else than to add a touch of chaos to the matches of Battlerite Royale. Here’s hoping that things in either the original or spinoff game are entertaining for fans.

Source: press release

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Play of the Fortnight: Our Top 10 Halloween Terror Skins

Halloween Terror is here, and as we mentioned before, it’s definitely the best time of the year. The Halloween Terror 2018 event brings with it a return of Junkenstein’s Revenge, along with nine new skins. Some of the new skins are extremely high quality. However, there have been pretty amazing skins from the previous years too.

In this Play of the Fortnight, we’re ranking our top 10 favorite Halloween Terror skins from the last three years.

Overwatch Halloween Terror Skins - Jack-O-Lantern Wrecking Ball

10. Pumpkin Mei

Mei has two Halloween Terror skins: Pumpkin Mei, an epic skin from this year, and Jiangshi, a legendary skin from last year. While the legendary skin is much more detailed and unique (and the tiny fangs are adorable), the Pumpkin Mei skin from this year’s event is perfectly in theme with Mei’s aesthetic. Plus, pumpkins will always be Halloween-y.

9. Immortal Soldier-76

Another epic skin as opposed to a legendary one, Immortal Soldier-76 has our favorite merc donning a red leather outfit and an undead, zombie look. Halloween Terror 2018 introduces a new legendary skin for Soldier-76: Slasher-76. However, Genji would have suited this skin much more in our opinion.

8. Van Helsing McCree

The Van Helsing McCree skin from Halloween Terror 2017 is simple but effective. Van Helsing is a character from the original Dracula novel from 1897. He’s featured in multiple vampire-themed movies as a supernatural hunter. McCree makes the obvious choice for this skin.

Overwatch Halloween Terror Skins - Dr. Junkenstein

7. Dr. Junkenstein

The star of the Halloween Terror event, Dr Junkenstein, is played by the enigmatic Junkrat. The crazy white hair, eccentric facial expressions, and shambling gait work pretty well for this skin. Blizzard replaced Junkrat’s usual bombs with liquid canisters, giving him a science-y vibe that fits the doctor. His characteristic giggle adds flare to the Junkenstein’s Revenge game mode, as well. It’s not exactly creepy, but gives a great mad scientist feel.

6. Junkenstein’s Monster

Who else was going to fill the role of Junkenstein’s Monster than Junrkat’s best mate, Roadhog? The skin fits perfectly: the monster was always seen as large and lumbering, fitting the larger-than-life Roadhog character well. Blizzard put their own spin on the monster’s appearance, with a pig snout to emphasize who’s behind the mask.

5. Cultist Zenyatta

Zenyatta is another hero with more than one Halloween Terror skin. Both are pretty great, but the Cultist Zenyatta skin has a lot more detail. Zenyatta dons patterned cultist robes, floating eyeballs around his neck, and a tentacled mask beneath his hood. The skin is clearly a reference to Cthulhu, a Lovecraftian creature from the short story The Call of Cthulhu.

4. Dragon Symmetra

The Dragon Symmetra skin is probably one of the best looking skins Blizzard has designed. However, it doesn’t feel entirely like it fits with the Halloween Terror theme, which is the only reason it isn’t higher in the list. Blizzard changed Symmetra’s entire aesthetic for the Dragon skin. Her belt even resembles the flesh of dragon wings. It doesn’t feel like a true horror skin, but it’s still one of the best designed skins in the game.

Overwatch Halloween Terror Skins - Pumpkin Reaper

3. Pumpkin Reaper

Reaper actually has two legendary skins, unlike most other heroes with multiple skins who have one epic and one legendary. Dracula Reaper fits really well with the Van Helsing skin. However, Pumpkin Reaper takes the quintessential Halloween theme of Jack-o-Lanterns and it’s hard not to appreciate that. It’s certainly a much more enjoyable pumpkin-themed skin than the Hammond Jack-O-Lantern, but I might be biased

2. Banshee Moira

One of the legendary skins from Halloween Terror 2018, Banshee Moira is a stunning addition to the roster. We ranked it so highly because it is perhaps the best fitting skin of all the Halloween Terror skins. Moira is the first Irish hero, and the banshee originates in Ireland. The Irish myth speaks of a woman who wails or shrieks, heralding the death of a family member. She’s often depicted in a cloak, particularly green, but the purple and pale shades of gray and white work well with Moira’s default colors.

Overwatch Halloween Terror Skins - Witch Mercy

1. Witch Mercy

There’s Dr. Junkenstein and Junkenstein’s Monster, but really is there any skin as closely associated with Halloween Terror than Witch Mercy? She’s one of the enemies that show up in Junkenstein’s Revenge, and the witch theme is another more traditional Halloween costume. Witch Mercy has also seen a lot of cosplay and fan creations associated with it. Knitemaya’s cosplay of Witch Mercy is a fantastic example!

Honorable Mentions

Overwatch Halloween Terror Skins - Totally 80s Zarya

Pharah’s recent Enchanted Armor skin from this year’s event is really well designed. With this skin, Blizzard was clearly making a reference to the armor sets often seen in old (possibly haunted) mansions in movies. Totally 80’s Zarya almost made the list, but it suffers from the same problem Dragon Symmetra has: she doesn’t really fit the horror or Halloween theme. However, those legwarmers and neon purple leopard print leggings are on point.

Some of the epic skins are also worth highlighting. Skullyatta and Ghoul Ana are both skins with minor changes that remain highly recognizable as their original heroes. Blizzard released these skins as part of the first ever Halloween Terror event, and even though they’re not complete redesigns, they are both oft-used skins.

Closing Thoughts

Overwatch Halloween Terror Skins - Banshee Moira

Blizzard’s skin team has been outdoing itself lately. Most of their newer skins have been much higher quality, which is good since they’ve reduced the number of skins they release each event. However, we can’t forget about skins from the previous Halloween Terror events. While this year’s Banshee Moira stood out as an amazing addition to the event skins, the first two events had some amazing skins as well.

In fact, from the first Halloween Terror event, Witch Mercy is definitely deserving of our top spot. We also rank the classic Dr. Junkenstein and Junkenstein’s Monster in our top 10 Halloween Terror skins.

What’s your favorite Halloween Terror skin from the last few years? Let us know in the comments below what your top picks are!

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Final Fantasy XIV Dates 2018’s All Saints’ Wake

Yep, it’s another Halloween MMO event. Lots of ’em fluttering about, naturally. This one is certainly familiar to Final Fantasy XIV fans; it’s All Saints’ Wake 2018 and it has its arrival date and a look at the cute goodies waiting as a reward.

all saints' wake 2018

This year’s All Saints’ Wake festivities will take place between Thursday, October 18th and Thursday, November 1st. The seasonal quest line begins in Old Gridania and has players once more looking into the suspected ill doings of the visiting Continental Circus.

As is often the case with seasonal event pages for this game, specifics on just what this year’s celebration entails are a bit thin. However, the blurb detailing the quest does make mention of the Circus’ mansion, which means the Halloween-themed four-player dungeon that takes place in a dressed-up Haukke Manor may play a part.

What is detailed are the rewards waiting for those who participate in the event. Players can get themselves a pair of cute little ghost Minion pets and a selection of All Saints’ Wake housing decor.

Our Thoughts

Look, it might be a rehash of the last time Final Fantasy XIV players had this event, but we’ve got to admit that those ghost pets are pretty darn cute. We’re hoping that this year’s event doesn’t disappoint too many fans.

Source: official site

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Destiny 2 Details Festival of the Lost 2018

The spoopy season is soon to arrive to Destiny 2, though with a bit more of a solemn backstory considering the events of Forsaken. In the Festival of the Lost 2018, players of the MMOFPS can honor the fallen and get themselves some sweet new shiny in the process.

festival of the lost 2018

This year’s Halloween-themed event will bring new Triumphs for players to chase and daily bounties that award Fragmented Souls, a currency which can be used to purchase Festival of the Lost masks and the Horror Story Legendary auto rifle. Players will also earn a special Engram every time they fill their XP bar to maximum filled with Festival-themed goodies on top of the usual Steadfast Engram rewards.

The event will also bring a new survival mode in the Haunted Forest, where players will have 15 minutes to delve into the depths of the location as far as they can and take out as many enemies as possible. The Haunted Forest can be challenged solo, with a pre-made fireteam, or with a PUG via matchmaking.

Finally, during the last week of the event, a special quest line will have players tracking down the killers of Master Ives. Awaiting at the end of this particular quest is a so-called “powerful reward” of some form.

The Festival of the Lost begins on Tuesday, October 16th and wraps up on Tuesday, November 6th. The Master Ives quest will begin on October 30th.

Our Thoughts

We’re glad to see this seasonal event come back around to Destiny 2 once again and definitely hope that the Engram RNG Gods are with everyone who takes part of the event. Personally speaking, I’m pretty sure I need that black cat Ghost shell.

Source: Bungie website

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Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 is Basically a Costume Party

Don’t let that headline fool you – the Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 may just be a collection of cosmetics only with no major gameplay changes, but we’ve got to admit that they are some pretty stellar costumes.

overwatch halloween terror 2018

A few of the new skins for this year have already been unveiled in the run-up to the event, including Banshee Moira, Swamp Monster Doomfist, Jack O Lantern Wrecking Ball and others, but there are a couple of surprises in the mix including an Enchanted Armor skin for Pharah, a Bride of Frankenstein skin for Sombra, and a Pumpkin skin for Mei.

There are also a couple of new highlight intros for Winston and Brigitte, a new emote for Bastion, and a number of new sprays and player icons. Of course, the event brings back all of the old cosmetics from previous years and the return of Junkenstein’s Revenge in Classic and Endless Night modes.

The update hasn’t just brought Halloween. There’s also several hero adjustments, including the newly reworked Torbjorn and a tweak to Pharah that sees her rockets fire more frequently and deal more direct damage but less splash damage. All of the patch notes are here.

Our Thoughts

Yes, it’s a bit of a letdown that there’s not a lot of gameplay meat to this year’s Halloween festivities, but we continue to be mightily impressed with the cosmetics offered by Overwatch. Just…let’s have some new stuff to do game-wise next time, huh? Please?

Source: press release

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