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Overwatch - Lunar New Year 2020 possible start date

Published: 19:56, 06 January 2020
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Overwatch's Lunar New Year is just around the corner. While we don't know the exact start date of the event, it's safe to assume the Year of the Rat will bring a bevvy of new skins, highlight intros, emotes and much more.

With the Winter Wonderland event now over, Overwatch is gearing up for this year's Lunar New Year. The actual Chinese New Year 2020 will happen on Saturday, 25 January 2020. 

The in-game event doesn't have a start date yet but if the previous years are anything to go by, the first Overwatch event of 2020 could kick-off as early as next week. The patch that will bring Year of the Rat around could also grace us with the updates that are currently up for testing on Overwatch's PTR.

The Lunar New Year event will surely bring a slew of new skins, emotes and sprays. At least three new player icons, sprays and skins should be available through the weekly challenges that have been making the rounds as of late. 

The Winter Wonderland event brought the Ugly Sweater, Holly and Snow Angel skins to Soldier 76, Moira and Mercy respectively, so it is not that much of a stretch to assume the Lunar New Year will do the same. 

2019's Lunar New Year brought:

  • 27 Skins
    • 8 Epic Skins
    • 19 Legendary Skins
  • 7 Emotes
  • 19 Victory Poses
  • 62 Voice Lines
  • 67 Sprays
  • 58 Hero Sprays
  • 5 Common Sprays
  • 4 Achievement Sprays
  • 6 Highlight Intros
  • 34 Player Icons.

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The Overwatch PTR patch notes currently include the Party Flex Role Queue and some spectate and replay updates. The party flex should really come in handy for everyone who feels too restricted with the current set-up.

With the new role queue, players will be able to pick multiple roles - with the caveat that your party members' choices and Competitive skill ratings may affect which roles they are eligible to choose. 

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