Overwatch Winter Wonderland UPDATE LIVE – Christmas skins and 2.01 patch notes REVEALED

The Overwatch Winter Wonderland Christmas event is live, complete with a new mode and Christmas skins on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The Overwatch Winter Wo...

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The Overwatch Winter Wonderland Christmas event is live, complete with a new mode and Christmas skins on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

The Overwatch Winter Wonderland event is a limited time addition that runs from December 13 until January 2.

It features a selection of new skins, a new game mode and lots more.

“Starting today, all in-game Loot Boxes have been replaced with our impeccably wrapped Winter Loot Boxes, and they’re filled to the brim with over 100 new cosmetic trimmings!” reads a Blizzard blog post.

“As with previous events, Winter Loot Boxes can be earned or purchased, and each will contain at least one item from our 2016 Winter Wonderland collection—including profile icons, sprays, victory poses, emotes, highlight intros, skins, and more!

“While the contents of each seasonal Loot Box are random, you can unlock a variety of these cordial customization options in the Hero Gallery throughout the event’s duration.

“Once you’ve unlocked an item, it will be yours forever, which means you can get into holly jolly hijinks all year-round. The collection will be dashing back into the vault on January 2, however (when the event concludes), so be sure to fire up your favorite gaming machine and celebrate before it’s too late!”

The new game mode is called Mei’s Snowball Offensive, and is a 6v6, single elimination affair in which players fire snowballs at each other.

While it only takes one hit to eliminate an enemy, missing a shot leaves players vulnerable, as players search for the nearest snow pile to reload.

The Blizzard blog post continues: “Once your weapon is empty, your enemies will have the advantage as you search for the nearest snow pile to reload, so don’t forget to cover your retreat with ice walls and cryo-freeze to block their attacks—and when the battle starts to heat up, you can activate Mei’s Ultimate, which turns her blaster into a semi-automatic snowball launcher, allowing you to fire continuously as your enemies scatter.”

In terms of patch notes, you can see the full list from update 2.01 below:

Overwatch 2.01 patch notes in full:

General

Added a new “Boop” unlockable voice line for Sombra
Players can now select the 1v1 Mystery Duel and 3v3 Elimination game modes from the Custom Game menu
Added a “Stay as Team” feature, which allows players to remain grouped with their teammates after the match has ended

Hereo Balance Update

Symmetra

Photon Barrier (New Ability)

Replaces her existing Photon Shield ability
Generates a large energy barrier in front of Symmetra that blocks enemy fire as it travels forward
Shield Generator (New Ultimate Ability Option)
Symmetra’s Ultimate ability now offers a choice between Teleporter and a new option: Shield Generator

Shield Generator places a device that grants additional shields to allies within its effective radius (regardless of barriers, walls, or obstacles between them and the Shield Generator)
Photon Projector (Primary Fire): Range has been increased from 5 meters to 7 meters

Sentry Turret

Turrets that can be carried have been increased from 3 turrets to 6 turrets
Cooldown has been reduced from 12 seconds to 10 seconds
Photon Shield: Replaced with the new Photon Barrier ability

Teleporter

Health has been decreased from 200 to 50
Shields have been increased from 0 to 350

Bug Fixes

General

[PS4 Pro] Fixed a bug that could obscure or hide UI elements on a 4K display
Fixed a bug that allowed more than one player to select the same hero on the Assemble Team screen, but forced one player to reselect after spawning
Fixed a bug that forced players to join Play vs. AI matches when attempting to spectate a friend
Fixed a bug causing a black screen to appear if players switched heroes as the round ended
[PC] Fixed a bug that allowed the “H” key to close the Hero Select screen even after that function had been bound to a different key

AI

Bots are no longer able to use abilities or attack enemies after a Control match has ended
[Console] Fixed a bug that prevented Ana from being selected in 1v1 matches

Arcade

Fixed a bug that prevented players from correctly receiving experience after joining an in-progress 3v3 match
Fixed a bug preventing BattleTags from being displayed correctly during Highlight Intros and Plays of the Game in 1v1 and 3v3 matches
Fixed a bug causing the respawn timer to remain visible during 3v3 matches
Competitive Play: Fixed a bug that allowed more than one player to select the same hero in rare situations

Heroes

Fixed a bug preventing the nameplate above D.Va’s mech from disappearing while being destroyed, and displaying a “0” instead of the player’s name
Fixed a bug causing the “You” indicator (which typically only appears during killcam footage) to appear when D.Va looks directly at the ground
D.Va’s video tutorial now includes changes made to her Defense Matrix resource mechanics
Fixed a bug causing Genji’s sword to clip through its scabbard
Fixed a bug causing Junkrat’s Steel Trap animation to play when detonating a Concussion Mine
Fixed a bug causing Reinhardt’s hammer to become invisible to some players after using an emote
Fixed a bug that interfered with the accuracy of the alternate fire for Roadhog’s Scrap Gun
Fixed a bug that allowed players’ Ultimate ability voice lines to play uninterrupted, even if they were hacked by Sombra during use
Fixed a bug preventing the sound effects from Torbjörn’s hammer from being played when his Ultimate ability was activated
Fixed a bug causing Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook to begin its cooldown after going through Symmetra’s Teleporter
[Console] Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to receive Ultimate charge when using her Caduceus Staff to increase teammates’ damage when they’re not damaging enemies
[Console] Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt from deactivating his Barrier Field after being hacked by Sombra
[Console] Fixed a bug preventing Sombra’s Hack from cancelling Soldier: 76’s Sprint ability
[Console] Sombra no longer receives credit toward her on-fire meter when her EMP ultimate hits Symmetra’s turrets
[Console] When multiple Sombras attempt to hack a health pack, the player that initialized the hack first will now control it
[Console] Fixed a bug preventing Sombra’s Opportunist passive ability from seeing practice bots through the walls on the Practice Range
[Console] Fixed a bug preventing Sombra’s reticle from consistently expanding while firing her Machine Pistol

Maps

Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar
Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy from using Resurrect in rare situations on King’s Row

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