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When Does Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2021 Start?

Mid-winter is rapidly approaching, leaving some Overwatch fans confused about when Blizzard plans to begin its Winter Wonderland event this year.
Mid-winter is rapidly approaching, leaving some Overwatch fans confused about when Blizzard plans to begin its Winter Wonderland event this year. / Blizzard Entertainment

Mid-winter is rapidly approaching, leaving some Overwatch fans confused about when Blizzard plans to begin its Winter Wonderland event this year.

Indeed, the lack of communication is concerning among players. Several have asked for information regarding the seasonal event to no avail. Questions like "where is the Christmas update" and, simply, what happened to it pepper the most recent posts—which date back to Nov. 30 at the most recent. A few have doubted whether or not the team plans to put on the event at all this year.

Here's what we know about Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2021.

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2021 Start Date

Update 12/14/2021: Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2021 is confirmed to begin on Thursday, Dec. 16.

There is currently no confirmed release date for Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2021. In fact, not so much as a teaser trailer or sneak peek image has been posted on the verified Overwatch Twitter account regarding the event.

This is particularly odd as the event has traditionally begun around Dec. 10-15 and ran for about three weeks into early January. At the time of writing, players are in the prime starting date range for Winter Wonderland. Still, however, Blizzard remains silent.

The lack of communication is concerning—but not altogether surprising. It's no secret that Activision Blizzard is attempting to put out several fires, including the consequences of their egregious sexual harassment suit, the bombshell allegations against CEO Bobby Kotick for his involvement in that suit, employee strike over the "unjust termination" of several QA contractors, and potentially fruitful push to unionize for the first time in industry history.

This article will be updated accordingly should any new information regarding the release date be confirmed.