Overwatch 2’s second seasonal occasion is right here, and sadly it appears Blizzard remains to be struggling to seize followers with its culled rewards and recycled game modes.

The Winter Wonderland occasion makes a return from the unique Overwatch, providing 4 frosty arcade modes to dive into. Anybody who’s been round for a Winter Wonderland occasion prior to now will probably be acquainted with the modes as they’re all returners from earlier occasions. There’s the 5v1 Yeti Hunter that pits a gang of Meis towards one Winston making an attempt to leap throughout the map, scoop up meat and rework right into a killing machine. Mei’s Snowball Offensive is both a team-based or free-for-all mode that swaps out the hero’s ordinary ice ammo for snowballs. The ultimate mode, Freezethaw Elimination, has groups making an attempt to totally freeze their opponents, with allies in a position to thaw one another out.

Fortunately, this occasion truly comes with an earnable reward pores and skin. Whereas the primary game’s seasonal occasions historically had earnable problem skins, Overwatch 2’s Halloween Terror had a notable lack of any respectable cosmetics. Blizzard promised it will begin plonking in pores and skin rewards once more, and this 12 months there is a frostbitten Brigitte pores and skin up for grabs for finishing six occasion challenges. Different challenges provide smaller rewards like weapon charms and sprays, too.

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Sadly, nearly all of new winter-themed skins have been relegated to the Overwatch retailer. It is to be anticipated, however the move nonetheless hasn’t gone down too properly with some followers on the game’s subreddit. A publish with over 2,000 upvotes lamented the paid skins and reused game modes, writing “For Christmas this 12 months we mainly get some recycled brawls from years in the past and the reward of gawking at skins we now have no probability of getting except we purchase them.” A touch upon one other Reddit publish requested “so this 12 months’s winter occasion is simply outdated game modes and extra shit on the shop?”

Others appeared glad to no less than see the return of earnable skins. One Reddit poster stated they “do not thoughts getting skins this fashion if it’s going to at all times be this simple,” with just a few different commenters saying it solely took them round an hour to finish sufficient challenges for the pores and skin. Truly enjoying the game beats watching Twitch for six hours for a pores and skin, no less than.

I do not significantly thoughts recycled game modes for annual occasion staples—in addition to, Winter Wonderland’s game modes are a few of my favorite out of all of the seasonal occasions. However minimal earnable rewards and a scarcity of pleasure across the occasion makes them nowhere close to as thrilling as they was. Regardless, the occasion’s operating from now till January 4. That ought to provide loads of time to dive in over the vacation interval and launch some snowballs.