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Blizzard details new content coming to Overwatch tomorrow

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Olivia Ford | 08 February, 2018, 00:47

Thursday marks the return of Overwatch's Lunar New Year celebration with a Year of the Dog event. Join game director Jeff Kaplan as he talks about what to expect from this year's festivities-including a new Capture the Flag competitive mode, new Capture the Flag map, over 50 new seasonal items, and more.

Additionally, Kaplan also mentioned that they will be extending the Year of the Dog event to 4 weeks so that more players can enjoy it.

Lastly, there will be a new map being released that has been specifically designed for Capture the Flag, which will be set in Thailand.

Kaplan also added that there are six "amazing" legendary skins being added to Overwatch with the Year of the Dog event.

Of course, it wouldn't be an in-game event without new cosmetics.

The capture rate is "much higher", according to Kaplan.

Picking up the flag will also now be instant but certain abilities that increase mobility or enable invulnerability such as Winston's leap will cause players to drop the flag.

He said the unnamed map is "absolutely gorgeous".

In addition to the new map and updated mechanics, Blizzard will host a four-week competitive season for Capture the Flag. First, in order to eliminate draws, Blizzard implemented a sudden death mechanic that automatically kicks in whenever the match time ends and the teams are tied. While generally tight-lipped about who will be receiving them, he did reveal that "some of our least-played heroes" will be getting new outfits-and by "least-played", he's referring to Mercy and Genji and totally kidding.

"There's no more draws...they're not very exciting and can feel very anticlimactic". These draws were incredibly tedious and turned many players off from the new game mode. Kaplan calls these abilities "restricted abilities", and goes on to say that these changes have resulted in a game mode that is much faster and action-packed than its previous iteration. This helps prevent a feeling of burn-out, it reduces the likelihood of drastic missteps, keeps Overwatch relevant as it faces down new competition, and arguably most important to Blizzard, it keeps players engaged.

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