The centerpiece of 2017's Winter Wonderland event is a wild new Arcade mode called Mei's Yeti Hunt, which Kaplan said was the result of Blizzard wanting to "try something different and fun".
It's that magical time of year when video games start cashing in with the digital snow, and Overwatch is absolutely no exception.
It's that time of year: Overwatch's seasonal event for the holidays, Winter Wonderland, returns December 12 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today.
Overwatch Winter Wonderland Event Gets A Yeti Winston Boss Fight Mode
Apart from the new game mode, Winter Wonderland will also see new legendary skins for Hanzo, Junkrat, and Roadhog, as well as some festive makeovers to maps including the Black Forest, King's Row, and Hanamura.
We expect to get a glimpse of more skins leading up to the event next week. It's an asymmetrical multiplayer mode: Modeled after a boss fight à la Evolve, it pits five Meis against one "yeti", Winston.
As for last year's event mode, Mei's Global Snowball Offensive will be back playable on both Antarctica and the Black Forest map. The big thing here is that a player will actually control the yeti, which is a powered up version of Winston. Winston will be running around the map eating pieces of meat which fuel his Primal Rage. In Mei's Yeti Hunt, each Mei will also have a special ice trap ability alongside her usual repertoire. If Winston kills enough Meis, he wins. And yes, Kaplan understands how ridiculous that sounds. "But the point of some of these seasonal brawls is just to be fun and light and refreshing for a short period of time".