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Overwatch Christmas Event and ‘Gladiator’ Arena Mode May Be Coming Soon

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Data-mined audio clips suggest that Blizzard’s acclaimed hero shooter Overwatch may soon launch a holiday-themed in-game event, as has been widely speculated.

Reddit user Venxa has discovered a distinctly Christmas-sounding theme in the files of the PTR (public test realm) version of the game, while user FunyunKnight has extracted a number of associated character voice lines: Genji saying “Merry Christmas“, Lucio saying “Happy Holidays“, and Reinhardt saying “Who’s feeling the holiday spirit?“.

In related news, Venxa has also data-mined audio clips related to a previously unannounced Arena mode, with announcer lines for ‘Gladiator‘, ‘Challenger‘, and ‘Now Entering the Arena‘.

A Christmas-themed event would be Overwatch’s third; its Summer Games and Halloween Terror events previously proved extremely popular with players, with a whole host of limited-time loot on offer during each.

What holiday-themed items would you like to see in Overwatch? Let us know in the comments below.

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