It’s that time again: Another year has passed, sapping us all of precious vitality and slowly pulverising our faculties until we’re unidentifiable powder in the wind. But in return, we get new Overwatch skins as part of the game’s annual Lunar New Year event. Really, it’s a pretty even trade.
Overwatch’s “Year of the Pig” event just kicked off with its usual Chinese and Korean theme in tow. While previous years’ skins were snazzy, this year’s batch is based on specific historical and mythological figures.
Reaper’s skin, for instance, is inspired by renowned Han dynasty general Lü Bü, who you might have heard of thanks to 14th century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms—or the Dynasty Warriors games. Tracer’s skin, meanwhile, is based on Hong Gildong, a Robin-Hood-esque figure who may or may not have actually existed, but who was definitely the main character in a famous Korean novel.
Nearly every new skin fits this mould, so have fun brushing up on your history. Here they all are:
Hong Gildong Tracer
Lü Bü Reaper
Guan Yu Reinhardt
Huang Zhong Hanzo
Zhang Fei Torbjorn
Zhuge Liang Zenyatta
As always, the Lunar New Year event brings with it a focus on capture the flag mode—this time with a new Busan map, which is a rework of Overwatch’s preexisting Korean map. The balance update that launched with the event looks to shake up a long-entrenched and controversial meta by nerfing Brigitte and D.Va and buffing Reaper, so there’s a fair amount to dig into. Or you can just buy a bunch of loot boxes and go hog wild. (Get it? Pigs.)