Overwatch just launched their newest Seasonal Event, The Year of the Rooster, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The launch of the event brought a new game mode and an interesting bug to the game.
The new game mode is “Capture The Rooster,” aka capture the flag. Game Director Jeff Kaplan has been pretty wary about introducing the capture the flag game mode to Overwatch, specifically because of how it would interact with extremely mobile characters like Tracer and Genji. For instance, when the team was testing the mode, Tracer would simply blink ahead, grab the flag, and then recall and be almost back to base.
Instead of trying to put restrictions on characters’ mobility and immunity abilities, the development team has implemented a pick up time counter. This means that there is a small amount of time between when a character is picking up the flag and when they can actually run with it. It’s not a lot of time, but if the character takes any damage while attempting to grab the flag, the counter will reset.
Right now, the capture the flag mode will exist in the arcade. Kaplan warns that that the game mode is really a blow off steam mode, not a serious, competitive game mode. As such right now, it’s not perfect, and he knows that at some points it will not feel balanced. If the players really like the game mode, Kaplan says they’d consider bringing the capture the flag mode back to the arcade in a more fleshed out way.
Another new thing that players started noticing when the Year of the Rooster event launched is that in Mei’s new skins, her waist looked much smaller than it had previously. Overwatch has often been lauded for its diversity of body types among their female characters, so this shrinking of Mei’s waist did not go unnoticed.
Looking at a side-by-side comparison of the two skins, it’s pretty obviously that Mei’s waist is much smaller in the Year of the Rooster skins. And if you check out the video, her waist looks even more ridiculous in profile.
The Overwatch developers took to the forums to say that there is a bug with the Year of the Rooster Mei skins. The post said that the Overwatch team has already fixed the issue internally, and that it will be fixed in the next patch. As of now, the forum post has disappeared, but Kotaku took a screenshot of the message.