Overwatch players on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC received a treat Tuesday. Blizzard Entertainment kicked off a new Halloween Terror event that runs through the rest of October with special holiday-themed skins, profiles, victory poses, emotes, and more. Additionally, the first PVE co-op Brawl is live as four players take on waves of spooky enemies created by Dr. Junkenstein.
The Overwatch Halloween Terror event will run from October 11 through November 1. Like the Rio Olympics event from this summer, players can earn special Loot Boxes with a chance to receive on of over 100 new Halloween-themed cosmetic items.
Aside from the Halloween theme and the Jack-o-Lantern Halloween boxes, one of the major changes is that players will be able to purchase the Loot Boxes for the event. However, they cost three times the normal price of Loot Boxes in Overwatch. A 250-credit Loot Box will cost 750 credits, for example, and a 1,000 credit Loot Box will cost 3,000 credits. It should also be noted that purchasing is only available on PC at the moment. PS4 and Xbox One players will be able to purchase Loot Boxes starting Wednesday, October 12 per a Blizzard Twitter post.
Perhaps the most exciting change with the Halloween Terror event is the introduction of the Junkenstein’s Revenge co-op mode. Available in Brawl for three weeks, this is Overwatch‘s first PVE style game mode that pits players against a horde of monsters including Junkenstein’s Monster, the Reaper, a witch, and zombie versions of Omnics, called Zomnics.
“This terrifying tale follows Dr. Jamison Junkenstein, an inventor and scientist who was once employed by the Lord of Adlersbrunn. Junkenstein’s dream was to create artificial life, but the Lord of Adlersbrunn mocked the scientist and his creations, calling him a fool and dismissing him from service. Slighted, Junkenstein vowed to prove the lord wrong, and when an unexpected visitor showed up and offered the key to perfecting his creation, Junkenstein’s Monster was born.”
“Now Junkenstein plans his revenge against the Lord of Adlersbrunn, and only four heroes stand in the way.”
Players will be able to choose between Ana, Hanzo, McCree, and Soldier 76 to defend the castle doors. There are easy, medium, and hard difficulty modes. Matches take approximately six to eight minutes with the experience gains being approximately the same as a normal multiplayer match.
Aside from the new Halloween Terror content, Overwatch did receive a number of new fixes and balance changes as part of the patch delivered Tuesday. The official patch notes posted to the Battle.net forums reveal that players who are disconnected or otherwise leave a competitive match can rejoin at any time while the match is in progress. Additionally, teammates of a disconnected player can exit a match after two minutes have passed without a penalty, but they will earn a loss.
Meanwhile, Ana received some balancing tweaks. Her ultimate ability cost has been increased by 20 percent while the effective radius of her Biotic Grenade has been increased from three to four meters.
Widowmaker will be able to hone in on her targets a little more quickly. Blizzard has reduced the animation time it takes for her to scope in from 0.5 to 0.33 seconds.
Finally, Junrat’s RIP-Tire ability will activate more quickly.
There are a number of other tweaks and bug fixes included with this patch. This includes everything from bugs with Achievements to fixing map exploits and character animations. Head over to the official patch notes for the full and lengthy list.
What do you think of the Overwatch Halloween Terror event? Does the promise of new character skins and a PVE mode have you ready for more? Sound off in the comments below.
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