Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Making a Comeback on January 24th

Overwatch fans looking to collect some new skins and other cosmetics will be happy to hear that the game’s Lunar New Year event is returning on January 24th. During the event, players will be able to gather up new skins, sprays, poses, voice lines and more. It’s likely that new skins will be released this year as well. The event will run through February 18th.

Ana’s Bastet Challenge Limited Time Event Begins Today in Overwatch

Overwatch has been updated with a new limited time event called Ana’s Bastet Challenge that is based on her recently released short story. During the event, players can win special rewards in addition to the normal reward boxes. The event runs from today through January 21st and offers players a chance at five sprays, a player icon, a victory pose and the epic Bastet Ana skin.

Overwatch Lore Fans Attend! New ‘Bastet’ Short Story Explores a Complicated Relationship

Blizzard Entertainment has just released a PDF version of a new Overwatch short story that provides readers with a detailed look at the origin and backstory for Ana. Called “Bastet”, the tale is written by Blizzard’s Michael Chu and traces Ana’s story and her friendship with another Overwatch character, Jack Morrison aka Soldier 76. The two old friends meet later in life and reminisce about things in the past and the difficult nature of their work.

Michael Pachter Believes Overwatch Will Go F2P in 2019

Over at GamesIndustry.biz, industry analysts have checked in on their 2018 predictions and offered up a series of thoughts about the coming year. In one of the more interesting predictions, Michael Pachter believes that Overwatch will go free-to-play within the first six months of the year. Further, Patcher believes that Blizzard will offer a compensatory package of goodies to soothe the doubtless disgruntled community of players who have already purchased the game.

Blizzard Hopes to Tame Overwatch Contenders Chat with Ties Between BattleNet & Twitch Accoutns

Blizzard will be rolling out a new program aimed at taming the sometimes wild chat that goes on during Overwatch League and Overwatch Contender matches. The company will be sending out a test balloon during the semi-professional Overwatch Contenders season. Those viewers who wish to participate in chat during matches will be required to tie their Twitch and BattleNet accounts together. According to Blizzard, doing so should yield “a more positive viewing experience”.

Blizzard Hopes to Tame Overwatch Contenders Chat with Ties Between BattleNet & Twitch Accounts

Blizzard will be rolling out a new program aimed at taming the sometimes wild chat that goes on during Overwatch League and Overwatch Contender matches. The company will be sending out a test balloon during the semi-professional Overwatch Contenders season. Those viewers who wish to participate in chat during matches will be required to tie their Twitch and BattleNet accounts together. According to Blizzard, doing so should yield “a more positive viewing experience”.

Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland Event to Start December 11th

From December 11th to January 2nd, Overwatch players will be able to take part in the game’s annual Winter Wonderland event. As expected, Winter Wonderland comes with a host of new cosmetics, sprays, voice lines, victory poses, skins and more. Speculation is high after a wily fan saw a new t-shirt for sale on the Blizzard Shop and opines that both Junkrat may get a “Rat King” skin that is thematically tied to Nutcracker Zenyatta and Odette Widowmaker.

Play Overwatch for Free on All Platforms from November 20th to November 26th

From November 20th to November 26th, anyone on PC, PlayStation 4 or XBox One can play Overwatch for free including the game’s newest hero, Ashe and her sidekick B.O.B.. During the free event, players who link Blizzard and Twitch accounts, and who watch 2-hours of authorized Overwatch streaming, can earn up to three Ashe sprays that are exclusive during the event. All items will be retained on the account should a player choose to purchase Overwatch.