Update, October 10: Halloween Terror is live, and you can see all the new skins for the event.
Halloween Terror has returned to Overwatch, and the event has just gone live - along with all its new skins and cosmetics. Here’s everything you’ll see in-game.
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Overwatch Halloween Terror 2017 Skins
Ana - Corsair
McCree - Van Helsing
Mei - Jiangshi
Reaper - Dracula
Symmetra - Dragon
Torbjorn - Viking
Zarya - Totally 80s
Zenyatta - Cultist
Update October 10: Overwatch's Halloween event is back for another year tonight. Here's what we know about when it'll go live, and what we've seen so far.
Ready to get spooked? Blizzard think you are, so the Overwatch Halloween event is back. It will go live tonight, and we've already seen four skins from it, mysteriously leaked to Facebook ads. Who knows by who?!
The event should start around 19:00 BST / 11:00 PDT / 14:00 EDT, based on previous. We've seen it be earlier, but not usually, and up to an hour later - but you should be playing within the next few hours either way.
As for what to expect, they'll be new skins, emotes, dances and so on which we'll bring to you in a YouTube video as soon as possible. We'll put it in this post, and in the mean time the extremely good leaks are below. There will also be a return, in some form, of the Junkenstein game mode, though we think it will have been beefed up a bit.
The last few events have gone pretty well on PC, though Summer Games had some issues on console which Blizzard say will have been fixed. We won't predict any problems with everything getting running, but there's always the chance that a massive influx of new players will cause server issues - be patient. We'll see you in a few hours.
Update: October 7th: The spooking season looms near, we are blessed with gifts today. Four skins planned for this year’s Halloween Terror event have been leaked, giving us a peek at the creeping fear to come.
First up is Symemetra, who has gone the extra mile on this Demoness costume, chitinous plating, glowy bits and all. She looks like she’s just fallen out of Diablo 3.
Zenyatta has clearly let his infinite chill slip a little - do robots hunger for mechanical souls? This Cthulhu-inspired number isn’t too wildly different from his normal get-up, although the robo-tentacles now making up his face go a long way to complete the look.
Mei continues to be the best of everything, though. This Halloween, she’s dressed up as a Jiangshi, a traditional Chinese vampire famous for their zombie-esque arms-outstretched pose and bizarre hopping movement.
If anything, Reaper is dressing down this year. I guess when you're already a brooding goth 24/7, October (aka Skeleton Appreciation Month) must seem like an invitation to kick back and relax a little.
Reaper's surprising restraint aside, if these skins are any indication of the kind of quality of skins we're going to be seeing this year, it's going to be a very stylish halloween indeed.
Original Story, October 3rd: Blizzard have announced that the Halloween Terror event will be returning to Overwatch on October 10. By “announced” I actually mean they shared a seven-second video, which is really more of a tease than anything.
The video does show off new skins for McCree and Reaper, though, and they are looking pretty svelte. Oh, and there’s poetry.
The nights grow cold— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 3, 2017
And monsters appear
A great evil gathers
And Halloween draws near... pic.twitter.com/98CXWqQ0gc
Last year’s event brought a dozen spooky hero skins which were mostly spectacular, though none caught the internet’s, uh, imagination quite like witch Mercy. I’m sure there’ll be at least one more design to quench that skin thirst this year.
Halloween also brought with it a new brawl called Junkenstein’s Revenge, and given that Junkrat’s alter-ego appears in the logo this year, it’s safe to guess the mode - or a variation of it - will be returning.