Our Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017 start date and time page contains launch details for the US (PT), UK (GMT), Europe (CET) and other global regions.
With the weather taking a remarkably sharp turn towards the chilly side over the last week or so, our thoughts have inevitably drifted like freshly fallen snow towards Overwatch's Winter Wonderland 2017 event. Given the return of other seasonal events this year, it seems like a safe bet that we'll see one of the game's most popular events make its return in December.
At this moment in time, we can only speculate on the precise start and end dates for Winter Wonderland 2017, although we'll note that the Overwatch team has stuck pretty rigidly to a 11am PT start time for all map, hero and seasonal event launches during 2017. That's different from Year 1 of the game, but it's proved remarkably consistent in recent months, so we'll stick with that prediction.
Here's our table of start times that you can use to track the likely event launch in your own corner of the world. We check and double-check this chart every time we publish it, but do please let us know in the comments if we've got anything wrong in your region. We'll fix it right away.
Winter Wonderland 2017 Start Times
|7:00pm GMT||11am PT||3:00am CST (NEXT DAY)|
|8:00pm CET||12pm MDT||4:00am KST (NEXT DAY)|
|9:00pm MSK||10am CDT||4:00am JST (NEXT DAY)|
|3:00am SGT (NEXT DAY)|
|5:00am AEST (NEXT DAY)|
|7:00am NZST (NEXT DAY)|
Winter Wonderland 2017 Start Date / End Date
Next up, we'll take a look at the likely start and end dates for Winter Wonderland 2017. The easiest way to do this is to look at when things kicked off and wrapped up for the previous event, then take a look at this year's calendar to see how closely we can make them align.
2016's event began on Tuesday 13th December, and so we're going to put our money on a start date of Tuesday 12th December for Winter Wonderland 2017.
The earlier version of the event finished on Monday January 2nd 2017. For that reason, we're going to go with the date of Tuesday 2nd January 2018 for the end of Winter Wonderland 2017. Even if the Overwatch team would rather wrap things up on the Monday, it's fair to say no-one wants to be messing around with server code on New Year's Day...
As soon as we have official confirmation from Blizzard on the actual start and end dates of Winter Wonderland 2017, we'll update this section of the article. For our money though, those two dates seem like pretty solid bets to us, and provide an almost identical window of opportunity for the event to run during its second year.
We will make one special mention, however, that the recent Halloween Terror event actually lasted a week longer than its 2016 edition. Again, we'll update this article once we have official information straight from Blizzard.
Winter Wonderland 2017 Overview
Winter Wonderland is Overwatch's seasonal celebration of all things festive, and was released for the first time on December 13th last year. The event concluded on the 2nd January, and these are the dates we're using to guide our thoughts on when 2017's edition will likely begin and end. As well as guessing at the likely dates, we can also look to last year for some insight as to what we can expect this time around.
Not only did the update add some delightfully Christmas-ey skins and other cosmetic items to Overwatch (as you'd expect from any seasonal event), it also provided us with our first bout of fun playing Mei's Snowball Offensive, which took place on a somewhat reskinned version of Ecopoint Antarctica.
If you'll recall, Mei's special brawl saw two teams of six players (all playing as Mei) go head to head in a single-elimination battle without respawns. Mei's weapon had just the one piece of ammunition, but it was capable of single-shotting an enemy target. Reloads had to be made from the piles of snow found dotted around the map - tense stuff to say the least...
Other maps got a bit of a festive makeover as well. Hanamura and King's Row were both given a much frostier feel to mark the season. Mystery Heroes was also reworked as Winter Mystery. In this new version of the randomised mode, map play was limited to both of these remade maps - all other elements of the game mode remained the same, however.
For many players, seasonal events are all about the Loot Boxes, however, so what can we expect to see this time around? Well, Blizzard's established a pretty clear pattern of bringing back old content at a reduced price, while introducing a new crop of festive items at a much higher cost. Expect that to repeat for Winter Wonderland 2017, giving you a second chance to unlock the pre-existing 12 Skins, 3 Emotes, 7 Victory Poses, 23 Voice Lines, 51 Sprays, 2 Highlight Intros and 26 Player Icons.
We'll be bringing you ongoing coverage of Winter Wonderland throughout the coming weeks, and you'll be able to find everything to do with the event on the homepage as soon as it's published. Don't forget to let us know what you're hoping to see from the new event in the comments!