A New Patch is available on all platforms which includes the Year of the Rooster event, a communication wheel to equip more cosmetics in game and many balance changes to your favorite heroes.
Year of the Rooster
The Year of the Rooster is the fourth seasonal event in Overwatch and will run from January 24 until February 13.
For more information on the seasonal cosmetics you can receive during this event, check out our Year of the Rooster Event page.
Developer Update: Capture the Flag
Jeff from the Overwatch team has released a developer update discussing the latest Overwatch Brawl, Capture the Flag.
Here is a brief summary of the Developer Update:
- The team found that Overwatch works best with a single objective, either attack or defend but not both. Capture the Flag is unique because you have to attack and defend simultaneously.
- Mobility has always been a concern with Capture the Flag. With no solution, Capture the Flag stopped being worked on for a while.
- In early playtests with no pickup time on the flag, Tracer's triple blink and Recall were unbalanced.
- In an iteration before the live event, all mobility and immunity abilities made you drop the flag, but the developer team felt like the characters didn't feel like Overwatch characters anymore.
- The only unique rules are:
- There's a pickup time on the flag, but any damage interrupts will reset the time.
- Your flag does not have to be present at the home base, in order to capture the enemy flag. This is being the Time-to-Kill is much higher than a game such as World of Warcraft's Warsong Gulch.
- For now, Capture the Flag will remain in the Arcade mode. There are no plans to move it to Competitive or Quick Play.
- There may be a return of Capture the Flag if the mode is popular, but it will likely remain in Arcade
- The developers want your feedback on the mode!
Animated Overwatch Tapestry
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Blizzard has released an animated tapestry illustrated by SHISHIO, featuring Winston's Journey to the West.
Click here to watch Winston's Journey to the West.