'Overwatch' unleashes Winter Wonderland event

It runs from now until January 2nd, with over 100 cosmetic items, Stay as Team and Mei's Snowball Offensive.

The latest themed event for Overwatch is here, as "Winter Wonderland" has settled in for its run through January 2nd. Players of Blizzard's team-based shooter are getting an update on their consoles and PCs that brings loot boxes filled with over 100 cosmetic items available only for a limited time. There's also a special Brawl mode for the event focused on ice-spraying hero Mei. The 6v6 Mei's Snowball Offensive replaces her weapon with a single-shot snowball gun, that needs to be reloaded at snow piles located around the level, while her Ultimate ability upgrades it for semi-automatic fire.

Beyond the cosmetic and game mode changes, the update also brings several other highly-anticipated tweaks for the game. The ability to party up with random players you encounter using the "Stay as Team" feature is now widely available, along with new abilities for Symmetra. Recently-added hero Sombra also has a new "Boop" unlockable voice line, and there's a slew of bug fixes noted in the official changelog.

As usual, all of these updates are free, however, anyone obsessed with the collectibles might buy loot boxes instead of waiting to earn a few chances just by leveling up.