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After a few rumors surrounding a possible holiday event in Overwatch, we now know for real: the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is available on live servers now!

True to form for Blizzard Entertainment, this holiday event adds several Haloween-themed items and features to the game, with specialized and exclusive loot boxes replacing the standard loot boxes for the duration of the 3-week event (ending on November 1).

A big change to the formula since the Summer Games event is that you can buy loot boxes with in-game currency in addition to getting free ones when you level up. These boxes, which are only available for purchase for the duration of the event, have a chance of containing at least one Haloween item wedged in between regular cosmetic items and can include one of the new spooky skins for all your favorite characters:

Just like the August Overwatch Summer Games event, this Halloween event will include a unique game mode that will only be available for a limited time. You can access this new game mode by queueing for a brawl:

As told in our “Junkenstein” digital comic, 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.

This PvE mode casts you as one of four Overwatch characters: Ana as the Alchemist, Hanzo as the Archer, McCree as the Gunslinger, and Soldier: 76 as, you guessed it, the Soldier. Together you will have to face off against increasingly difficult waves of Zomnics as they try to break your defense and enter Adlerbrunn castle doors. During these waves, you will also have to fight against Junkenstein himself, as well as against the Reaper, Junkenstein’s Monster and Mercy the Witch. As a bonus, the Hollywood map has been turned into a slightly more spooky version where you’ll fight for dominance under the cover of night!

Blizzard has also said that they’ll be delivering a “steady stream of Halloween goodies” on their social media pages, so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Overwatch has been doing well lately. The game’s continued popularity has helped them zip past the 20 million registered players mark recently, and the game shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

 

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Chris Anderson

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I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as assistant news editor and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.