The Best Gaming Christmas Updates – Overwatch 2, Fortnite, and Ark

By Zak Wasilowski |


When playing video games in December, you’ll notice the influx of Christmas updates and events that happen. This year is no different, and so we’ve listed and detailed a couple of games that have decent updates this Winter that you should check out!

A great way to celebrate the festive season is to kick back in the warmth of your home and game away on the new Christmas update for the game you’re currently playing. It’s just a nice way to get into the Christmas spirit whilst also gaming!

The Best Gaming Christmas Updates

We’ll now delve into a few games that have awesome updates this Winter, along with what comes with the updates!

Overwatch 2’s Winter Wonderland

If you didn’t manage to get into Overwatch 2 earlier this year, then now is the best time to do so! With the Winter Wonderland update, there’s different Christmas themed events, new gamemodes, and even exclusive skins up for grabs! 

Exclusive Cosmetic

The free exclusive skin is the Ice Queen Brigitte, and in years to come, having her in your collection will go to show that you’re a true OG Overwatch 2 player.

But that’s not all! Along with Battle pass XP, there’s also character-themed sprays to be earned after completing eight challenges. We’ll list them below to give you an idea of how hard you’ll have to grind…

Time for Cocoa
  • Win a game in Mei’s Snowball Offensive
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass XP
Monster Hunter
  • Win a game in Yeti Hunter as Mei
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass XP
  • Thaw 15 allies in Freezethat Elimination
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass, Kiriko spray
  • Win a game in Freezethaw Elimination
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass XP
Caught a Cold
  • Catch 6 snowballs in Snowball Deathmatch
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass XP, Junker Queen spray
Block of Ice
  • Block 8 snowballs with Cryo-Freeze or Ice Wall in Snowball Deathmatch or Mei’s Snowball Offensive
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass XP, Sojourn spray
  • Win a game in Yeti Hunter as Yeti
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass XP, Ramattra spray
  • Win a game in Snowball deathmatch
  • Reward: 1500 Battle pass XP

Christmas Themed Gamemodes

Like we said before, there’s a few new gamemodes that have been added in this update. But what are they?

  • Mei’s Snowball Offensive
  • Mei’s Yeti Hunt
  • Freezethat Elimination

To top it off, there’s also some Twitch drops that you should keep an eye out for!

For more information, visit the official Overwatch 2 website. If you’re interested in more Overwatch 2 content, then check out our Overwatch 2 tier list.

Fortnite Winterfest 2022

There was no doubt a game as popular as Fortnite was going to miss out on the Christmas updates! It’s also a tradition that they participate in every year, so if you’re an experienced Fortnite player with a few years under your belt, playing this year’s update should provide you with a sense of warmth and Christmas comfort. 

Winterfest Lodge

We were hoping it would return, and it did! The Winterfest Lodge, an alternative Christmas lobby, can be found by pressing a not-so-secret button in the standard lobby. What we love even more about the lodge is that, underneath the tree, there’s a new present to open each day with a new Christmas cosmetic! These include…

  • Lil’ Prancer – Emote
  • Fractured Melody – Music Track
  • Glider Wintry Whirligig
  • Fa-la-la-Llama – Back Accessory
  • Season’s Guffings – Spray motif
  • Arctic Adeline – Outfit
  • Slush-faced – Spray motif
  • Livery Gringle Wrap
  • Contrails Ribbon Trail
  • Naughty or Nice? – Spray motif
  • Sledgecracker harvesting tool
  • Har-Har-Har! – Glider
  • When the Wind Blows – Music Track
  • Finish Slushy Sneak
  • Boom Bauble emoticon
  • Sled Ready Guff – Outfit
  • Rip & Tear (2016) – Music Track

Winter Themed Map

One of the more noticeable changes to Fortnite this winter is the pretty Christmas make-over the map has received! Not only is everything covered in snow, but there’s also a few Christmas decorations dotted about here and there to raise the spirit. 

Sgt. Winter Returns

With the Christmas update, Sgt. Winter returns, patrolling the island and throwing gifts for all those that have been nice! You might not want to bother him though…

Ark: Survival Evolved Winter Wonderland 7

Possibly the most bizarre take on a Christmas update is Ark’s. In this version of Christmas, a Raptor will dress as Santa and fly across all the different maps on it’s sleigh. Bizarre, but interesting, unique, and fun nevertheless! What else does this update include?

Raptor Clause

As stated before, we already know a Raptor will dress as Father Christmas and fly around the map. In addition to this, the Raptor will be dropping Christmas presents in the form of loot, as well as mistletoe and coal, for all you lucky survivors.

Gacha Clause

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. The Gacha Clause will be flying over the map, assisting the Raptor in spreading the Christmas joy!

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