Blizzard’s Overwatch recently started its holiday themed event, Overwatch Winter Wonderland, bringing with it a lot of new customization options including skins and a new game mode.
However, not everything is all fine and dandy this Christmas as Mei’s new legendary skin, themed after the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event seems like an extremely lazy job and was met with disdain from the Overwatch community, especially when it costs 3000 credits to purchase.
On the surface, the new Mei skin just adds a festive hat to one of her old skins whereas other characters have had some really nice skin additions. This led fans to cry out over the supposed “legendary” status of the skin.
Overwatch’s game director Jeff Kaplan was however quick to respond to this outcry and apologized to the fans. According to him, the development team though the unique Cryo-freeze animation which comes with the skin was enough to warrant a legendary status.
Sorry you are disappointed with Mei’s winter skin. We don’t have a specific rule for what makes something Legendary or Epic. We just sort of make a gut call based off of what we think is cool.
The animation in question turns Mei into a snowman upon use of the ability instead of the usual ice block. While it does look, it was still not enough.
For this very reason, Jeff not only apologized for thinking the team’s “cool meter” would match with those of the fan but also assured a new Mei skin will be available early next year.
Considering that Mei is Chinese and the Chinese New Year is on 28th January, it is highly likely that either a new Lunar Festival event will begin in Overwatch around that time similar to events in World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm or Mei will be receiving a Lunar Festival themed skin.