After the Summer Games repeated for the first time this year, many players (myself included) expected that other past Overwatch events would repeat as well. We were all but expecting a Halloween event for 2017, and now it appears that the start date for the 2017 Halloween event (purportedly called "Halloween Terror 2017") has been leaked by Redditor /u/darthchiapet on the /r/Overwatch subreddit.
In 2016, Overwatch had the Halloween Terror event for the first time. Aside from a bunch of time-limited spooky skins, the game's first PvE game mode Junkenstein's Revenge debuted. Junkenstein's Revenge pitted Ana, Hanzo, McCree, and Soldier:76 against PvE enemies - some of who were portrayed by other heroes from the game such as Mercy and Roadhog. The game's anniversary event debuted the second PvE mode Uprising where players went back in time to fight against an Omnic extremist group who had occupied King's Row in London. The second iteration of PvE gameplay featured two options: play as the proper characters from the era or play with any of the game's characters.
It appears that the start date for Halloween Terror 2017 has been leaked via Reddit. A pair of images was released showing a promotional poster along with a single sheet of paper instructing that the display is to be posted on October 9, 2017 (implying that the event would start on October 9 or October 10, 2017). Here are the images in question:
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The information for the start date comes from the label on the card. "GME" is the stock market ticker symbol for GameStop, and POSA is an acronym for "Point Of Sale Activated" (meaning things like gift cards or game credit cards that don't work until they are activated at checkout).
It's important to note that while these images look convincing, they could nonetheless be well-made fakes. The image on the right is the source of the information and can just be cranked out by any printer. The image on the left is more complex, but someone dedicated enough could create a convincing fake. We've reached out to the person who submitted the images to /r/Overwatch and Blizzard Entertainment for comment on this matter.
Assuming that the start date is correct, this gives players just over a week to get their act together in preparation for Halloween Terror 2017. If the repeat of this event is treated similarly as the Summer Games 2017 was, last year's skins & items should be discounted to regular prices and the new ones debuting this year will be at triple the usual price for new event items. I'll speculate and say that we'll probably see an "All Heroes" option since we had that in Uprising earlier this year. In any case, if this turns out to be true it looks like we're in for another year of spooky fun.
Did you get a chance to play Junkenstein's Revenge last year? Are you looking forward to playing it again this year? What do you think of Overwatch's events in general? Let us know in the comments below!