'Overwatch' Celebrates Lunar New Year With New Map and Capture The Flag Mode

Also new Skins and Emotes

'Overwatch' Celebrates Lunar New Year With New Map and Capture The Flag Mode

In celebration of the Year of the Dog, Overwatch's Lunar New Year event will bring changes to the game's Capture the Flag mode, as well as a new map, player skins and emotes, developer-publisher Blizzard recently announced. Check out a trailer for the event above.

Blizzard announced it'll be adding a competitive mode to the Capture the Flag, which will add "placement matches, skill ratings tiers, leaderboards, competitive points, and more." 

"This year we’ve made some changes to Capture the Flag! Flag pickup is now instant, but flags cannot be picked up for five seconds after being dropped. Flags return after 4 seconds, and flag return is not interrupted by taking damage. Mobility and invulnerability skills drop the flag and, music plays while carrying the flag," Blizzard added. "Sudden death will now break ties at the end of a match. When time runs out, the round starts over, the flags are moved closer to the center of the map, and the first team to capture wins. All these changes will be applied to older Capture the Flag maps as well."

In addition to the gameplay changes, a new map, called "Ayutthaya," will be added with the event. The new map takes inspiration from Thailand. 

Lastly, 19 new skins will be added across the game's roster, as well as four new highlight intros and five new emotes. Click here to see them all in action. 

Overwatch's Lunar New Year event is set to run between February 8th and March 5th.