Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch hit the PC and consoles earlier this year to a glowing critical and fan reception. Despite the lack of a single-player campaign, gamers were drawn to its finely tuned team-based gameplay and unique cast of colorful characters (many of whom are now favorites among cosplayers). Blizzard has committed to a continual influx of free content for years following the game's release, and fans have already benefitted from a new character (the sniping healer Ana), a new map (the ravaged, storybook-esque town of Eichenwalde), and a smattering of new character skins and assorted in-game collectibles.
During this year's Summer Olympics, Overwatch featured a special three-week Summer Games event, including exclusive game modes, Olympic-themed skins, and goodies that could only be unlocked during the event period. Blizzard's strategy of regular, free content has paid off, continuously bringing in fresh gamers with a recent milestone of 20 million players.
Blizzard has now begun an all new three-week Halloween holiday event. Starting today and ending November 1st, the game will feature an all-new co-op mode versus a horde of zombified omnics and monster versions of the games' most beloved heroes. As with the Olympic special, all new skins and collectibles will be available for a limited time. A trailer for the event (see above) has dropped as well, detailing the revenge of the nefarious Doctor Junkenstein.
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The co-op challenge is an especially fresh take on a game whose bread and butter is player versus player matches. Blizzard's official breakdown reads as follows:
"Players will choose from the Alchemist (Ana), the Archer (Hanzo), the Gunslinger (McCree), or the Soldier (Soldier: 76) and defend Adlersbrunn castle’s doors against Dr. Junkenstein's onslaught. Heroes will need to work together and develop strategies to withstand wave after wave of zomnic attacks. Will you be able to keep your cool when Junkenstein's Monster appears?"
Following fan complaints that the Summer Games items were too difficult to unlock, Blizzard has opened the option to purchase the new Halloween content with in-game currency (earned via leveling up or purchasing Jack-o'-Lantern styled loot boxes with real-world cash).
Are you enjoying defending the castle from Junkenstein's undead army? Has the game added a favorite new skin you're dying to unlock? Let us know in the comment section and stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the biggest stories in the gaming world.
Overwatch is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Source: Blizzard Entertainment