Overwatch's next event is for Lunar New Year, and it's called Year of the Dog
Overwatch is studded with celebratory events that add new content, skins, and gameplay to Blizzard's first-person shooter. The game's Winter Wonderland event just concluded, but another is right around the corner—a Lunar New Year–themed event called Year of the Dog.
Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch's game director, confirmed in a Developer Update that Year of the Dog is Overwatch's next event. Kaplan also added that the fan-favorite Overwatch Uprising event will return for a second year, as well as a celebration for Blizzard's release anniversary. The Lunar New Year, a festival that marks the start of the lunar calendar, begins in February, so players should expect the event sometime next month.
Overwatch Uprising, the heavily lore-based event, started in April, while the anniversary event kicked off in May. The original Overwatch Uprising co-op brawl will return with the event; the dance emotes from the anniversary event will be available again, too.
But players don't have to wait until February for new content, according to Kaplan. Blizzard's new Overwatch League skins—and, subsequently, the new Overwatch League currency—will be available "soon," Kaplan said. The Overwatch League kicks off Jan. 10, so the new skins could be as early as next week.
Blizzard World is expected to be released early this year as well, though Kaplan did not specify an exact date. Players that can't wait can try out the map on the Overwatch PTR, however. Alongside the new Blizzard-themed map, the developer is also releasing a whole bunch of Blizzard-themed Overwatch skins. The developer revealed the skins at BlizzCon 2017 in November, confirming that these will be available in Overwatch's base loot boxes, and not tied to any timed events, as the rest of Overwatch's new skins typically are. Kaplan suggested that the new Blizzard-themed skins won't be the only new content added to Overwatch's base loot boxes, either.
A bunch of content is being added to the base loot boxes in January, Kaplan said.
Lastly, Kaplan briefly mentioned the next Overwatch hero—hero 27. He didn't have much to say about the hero itself, though he did mention it's currently in internal testing. A timeline for the hero isn't available just yet, Kaplan said. The team is more concerned with getting the hero just right, rather than following a perceived release schedule, the developer added.
As always, the team at Blizzard is looking beyond hero 27 and into the future as well. New maps, too, are constantly being worked on. Overwatch's first year was exciting, but the game is on track for a similarly packed release schedule in 2018.