In a few days, Chinese New Year will be upon us and as you might have heard, last week Blizzard announced their plans to celebrate the festive season by launching a “Year of the Rooster” (the Rooster is 2017’s Chinese Zodiac animal, FYI) event in which there will be new skins and in-game events that players can take part in.
Sure enough as promised, Blizzard has officially announced that the “Year of the Rooster” event has kicked off. In a post on the Overwatch blog, “Overwatch’s Lunar New Year celebrations have begun and we hope this seasonal event brings you happiness, prosperity, and (most importantly) lots of fun. For the next three weeks, players will have the chance to collect over 100 commemorative cosmetic items, enjoy a firefight beneath some fireworks on Lijiang Tower, and work together to capture the flag in Overwatch’s newest brawl mode.”
The game’s Loot Boxes have been temporarily replaced with Lunar Loot Boxes, and inside these boxes there will be a variety of Chinese New Year-themed skins for the various characters in the game, two of which were shown off last week. There will also be a new game mode in the form of Capture the Rooster (based on Capture the Flag).
According to Blizzard, “In Capture the Rooster, teams will face off on Lijiang Tower, attempting to secure the enemy flag while the opposing team does the same. In this fast-paced brawl, players will need to get creative with their team compositions as they attempt to construct a lineup that’s built for offensive speed and defensive stability.”
That being said, the event is now live so if you want to take part in it, fire up the game and you’ll be good to go!