Overwatch Capture the Flag screenshot with Mei, Mercy and Roadhog

[Update]: Overwatch's Year of the Ox event has arrived alongside a new Bounty Hunter mode.

It has only been a couple of weeks since the last major update added Kanezaka as a lovely new deathmatch map, and already we have a brand new event to look forward to. As you might imagine I'm talking about the Lunar New Year event, which this time around is celebrating the Year of the Ox.

Expect to see a whole bunch of new cosmetics to collect, the return of Capture the Flag in both casual and competitive flavors, and hopefully a few more tidbits to spice things up this year. As for the cosmetics, it's highly likely these will be based on the Overwatch 2 hero designs, kind of like some of the skins from the Winter Wonderland event. So while it's not exactly brand new content, there is a good chance the cosmetics will be something a little bit out of the ordinary at least.

Keeping in line with the recent trend of no spoilers, none of the new costumes have been revealed just yet. The only thing I can say for certain is that D.Va will get a firework-riddled Play of the Game animation as that's the one new thing highlighted in the brief teaser over at Twitter.

Personally, I'm hoping that Blizzard will bring in some major changes to the Capture the Flag mode. It's so incredibly close to being a genuinely fun and engaging game mode, but a couple of broken strategies (mostly relying on Lucio) just make it far too frustrating to play for long. So as long as they get can get that sorted out, and maybe include a few more maps for good measure, Competitive Capture the Flag could be a lovely diversion for a few weeks!

Whatever the future brings, I'll make sure to let you know. For now, however, I wish you the best of luck in good ol' fashioned classic Competitive Play!