Overwatch launches Lunar New Year event

Overwatch [official site] has kicked off its Chinese New Year celebrations with a new temporary Brawl mode, fireworks, and so very many snazzy new outfits for the Overwizards. The new ‘Capture the Rooster’ mode (we’re entering the Year of the Rooster, yeah?) isn’t quite as fancy as it sounds, but two-flag CTF (with a cocked-up flag) is nothing to sniff at. Here, check out all the festivities in this trailer:

Those are some swish outfits! What a fancy D.va. Lunar Loot Boxes replace the regular Loot Boxes, packing over 100 cosmetic doodads including skins, poses, sprays, emotes, and more. These boxes (and their contents) will only be available until the Lunar New Year event ends, but whatever you unlock is obviously yours for keepsies.

As for Capture the Rooster, yup, it’s two-flag CTF on the map Lijiang Tower. Grab the other team’s flag; stop them from swiping yours. CTF is usually a solid mode but I am slightly disappointed it’s not weirder. Consider Quake 2 mod Catch the Chicken, a deathmatch mode where players try to grab and hold a chicken for as long as possible. Yeah, okay, maybe a large part of my interest in Catch the Chicken is the deep lore revealed in its readme file:


Once there was a chicken. Some idiot picked up this chicken and discovered he received mysterious points for holding onto it. His friends became so jealous they killed him and took the chicken for them selves. Catch the Chicken had begun.

Anyway! Lunar New Year. Blizzard are also celebrating it with an event in Heroes of the Storm, a co-op mission in StarCraft II, and events across Azeroth.


  1. Zorgulon says:

    I had a spin of this last night, after some lengthy matchmaking teething problems.

    I saw a lot of people complaining about the new mode, but it’s a bit of fun. CTF has its good points and bad points in any FPS (although Overwatch somewhat mitigates the turtling problem with its class limits), but I think it works reasonably well. It shines a bit of a light on characters who maybe aren’t the obvious go-tos in the regular game, like Winston, whose mobility is a must-have when trying to rob a team of its fowl flag.

    And yeah, the skins are impressive, if not a little creepy in the case of Ana, Zen and Roadhog.

  2. RaoulDuke says:

    So is Mei just wearing a really thick coat in the default outfit? I thought she was supposed to be overweight.

  3. airtekh says:

    Perhaps overshadowed by the new event dropping, there are also some important balance changes in this update as well.

    D.Va has had her health and armour swapped so she’s no longer completely unkillable. Also her guns have been tweaked so they do more consistent damage but slightly less of it.

    Ana’s biotic grenade has been nerfed in duration and healing capacity. She was too good at healing tanks apparently.

    Roadhog’s hook has been tweaked so you’re less likely to be hooked around a corner (the hook ‘breaks’) but also if you are hooked you’re placed where roadhog can kill you more easily (could be a buff or a nerf depending on your perspective).

    Sombra has received some much-needed love with her hack cooldown having 4 seconds shaved off it, and she can hack stuff slightly faster too.

    • Zorgulon says:

      Also you can now equip up to four emotes (yay!), voice lines (woo!) and sprays (meh) at once!

      Now your LĂșcio can show of his whole range of moves during setup time, and you don’t need to choose between having a sit down, and doing a one-man Junkrat cabaret routine.

  4. lglethal says:

    That Story! That’s proper storytelling that is. Worlds are created with that Kind of Story! MOVIES are made based on that sort of Story (or at least thats how I assume the Assassins Creed movie got made…).

    George Lucas would be proud of that Story…