A series of recently datamined files seem to suggest that Overwatch could soon be getting both a Christmas-themed event and a brand new competitive game mode.
The sound files were recently posted on Reddit and include both new hero interaction lines and new sound effects. One of the new effects sounds very much like a Christmas jingle, suggesting that Blizzard has a Christmas-themed event planned for next month.
Of course, the coming of a Christmas event isn’t terribly surprising since Overwatch has already had several seasonal events already, but what *is* surprising is the fact that Blizzard is also apparently working on a new arena-style mode for Overwatch. Sound files for a new character named Athena include lines such as “Now entering the arena” and specific mentions of the term “gladiator.” This seems to suggest that Athena will be an announcer of some kind and that players will be competing in some sort of arena-style battle.
We’ll likely find out more about the upcoming Christmas event (if it is indeed real) sometime next month. As for the arena mode, we’ll just have to wait and see what Blizzard has in store.