The Overwatch Lunar New Year event is back for 2022 and as per usual it will likely come with the normal amount of skins and the usual game mode. This is the sixth year of the event and while not much has changed, the event is still one of the most anticipated for the Overwatch community as it brings in the new year. Now the question becomes when does the Overwatch Lunar New Year 2022 event start and end?
Last year the event was announced right before it came out. Lately, this has been the way Blizzard and the Overwatch team have been dropping their events. Whether it is due to COVID, working on Overwatch 2 or the other major work issues Blizzard has been dealing with as a whole, it feels as though they are spending less time on making the announcements for these events.
When looking at events, it is not hard to figure out around the date when these events will start and when they will end. Continuing with how most of the Overwatch events are, this one will last three weeks. Meaning that it will likely end near the end of February.
As for the start, it will likely be in early February. The most likely dates for the Overwatch Lunar New Year 2022 event to start are either Tuesday, February 1 or Tuesday, February 8. There is a chance they release the week before this as there is precedent for the Overwatch Lunar New Year event to start in January.
It looks like the fun is starting early with the Overwatch Lumar New Year 2022 starting on January 25.
During this time, players will have the chance to play games and earn three skins. Generally, there are three free skins that are available every year. Then there are usually four or five legendary skins that can be bought or found in loot boxes. This year is just about anyone’s guess as the Overwatch team has been certainly changing things up with their skins.
The interesting part will be to see if they make any other changes. Will there be anything new added? Will they potentially add another game mode? The answers to these questions will likely be yes and no respectively. That is because the Overwatch team is hopefully working diligently on Overwatch 2 to make it the best game it can be.
There will be many who wonder if game modes like Junkenstein’s Revenge will make their way over to Overwatch 2? All indicators are that Overwatch 2 will be coming out sometime next year. The Overwatch League will be using an early edition of the game when their 2022 season starts next April. It is much more than just a second version of Overwatch, it seems as though it may feel like a relatively new game.
Not only will it be 5v5 but it will also have more of a story mode than the original Overwatch had. This means that modes like Junkernstein’s Revenge may not stand out as much considering PVE will be a normal part of the new game.
The one known part is that all of the skins from Overwatch original will carry over with player’s accounts to Overwatch 2. That means that any skins bought now are safe for the next game.
As of right now, the Overwatch yearly events are the only things keeping players interested outside of their love for the game. The Overwatch team has basically abandoned the game as they prepare for Overwatch 2. The one good thing is that the Overwatch events come around the same time every year and there is basically a new one every two or three months.
These events continue to bring out amazing skins and allow for fans to really feel like their main hero they play is getting a few good skins every year. For all of the reasonable complaints about Overwatch, one area where fans can’t be upset is the skins team. For every event, there are five to eight great skins that are available with three that are gained just from playing. This is one of the most unique ways for fans to earn free skins in a game and it is likely something that will become a battlepass of sorts in Overwatch 2.
The hope for most fans is that Overwatch events will continue on for years to come. How they will look whenever Overwatch 2 comes out is another big question that has yet to be answered for Overwatch. Will they be similar? Will they have new game modes? Could there even be brand new events and surprise ones like the Mardi Gras Event?
Fans are surely anxious to see what is next for events both in Overwatch and Overwatch 2 when it launches. It will be interesting to see what stays from these events and what goes when the new game finally comes out. Until then, fans are certainly going to be able to enjoy more Overwatch events as 2022 begins. If nothing else, the Overwatch League will be giving fans their first look into Overwatch 2. The hope for Blizzard at that point, will be that the fans excitement for the new game will increase. If not, well then at least they have the new even skins to continue to look forward to.
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