The Overwatch Lunar New Year event is back for 2022 and, as usual, will likely come with the normal number 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 heralds the new year. Now the question is, when does the Overwatch Lunar New Year 2022 event begin and end?
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Last year the event was announced shortly before it came out. Recently, Blizzard and the Overwatch team have discontinued their events this way. Whether it’s due to COVID, work on Overwatch 2, or the other big work issues that Blizzard has been dealing with overall, it feels like they’re spending less time making the announcements for these events.
By looking at events, it is not difficult to figure out when these events start and when they end. In continuation of most Overwatch events, this will last three weeks. That said, it is expected to end in late February.
The start is expected in early February. The most likely dates for the 2022 Overwatch Lunar New Year event to start are either Tuesday, February 1st or Tuesday, February 8th, January.
During this time, players will have the opportunity to play games and earn three skins. In general, there are three free skins each year. Then there are usually four or five legendary skins that can be bought or found in loot boxes. This year is hard to imagine as the Overwatch team has certainly changed things with their skins.
The interesting part will be seeing if they make any other changes. Will there be something new? Will they possibly add another game mode? The answers to these questions will likely be yes and no. That’s because hopefully the Overwatch team is working hard 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 find their way into Overwatch 2? Everything indicates that Overwatch 2 will be out sometime in the next year. The Overwatch League will use an early edition of the game when their 2022 season kicks off next April. It’s a lot more than just a second version of Overwatch, it seems like it might feel like a relatively new game.
Not only will it be 5v5, but it will have more story mode than the original Overwatch. This means that modes like Junkernstein’s Revenge may not be as noticeable considering PVE will be a normal part of the new game.
The only known part is that all of the skins from the Overwatch original will carry over to Overwatch 2 with the player accounts. This means that any skins bought now are safe for the next game.
Currently, the annual Overwatch events are the only things that get players interested outside of their love of the game. The Overwatch team basically gave up on the game while preparing for Overwatch 2. The good thing is that the Overwatch events happen around the same time every year, and there’s basically a new one every two or three months.
These events continue to bring out amazing skins and make fans feel like their main hero they play is getting some good skins every year. With all of the legitimate complaints about Overwatch, one area fans can’t get upset about is the Skins team. There are five to eight great skins for each event, three of which can only be won by playing. This is one of the most unique ways for fans to earn free skins in a game, and it’s likely something that becomes something of a battlepass of sorts in Overwatch 2.
Most fans hope that the Overwatch events will last for years. What they’ll look like when Overwatch 2 comes out is another big question that has yet to be answered for Overwatch. Will they be similar? Will there be new game modes? Could there even be completely new events and surprises like the Mardi Gras event?
Fans are sure to be excited to see what’s next for events in both Overwatch and Overwatch 2 when it releases. It will be interesting to see what’s left of these events and what goes on when the new game finally comes out. Until then, fans can certainly enjoy more Overwatch events in early 2022. Last but not least, the Overwatch League will give fans a first look at Overwatch 2. The hope for Blizzard at this point is that fans will become more excited about the new game. If not, then at least they have the new smooth skins to look forward to.
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