Happy Halloween everyone! May you have a truly spooktacular day.
The concept of limit time events in video games is a newer one thanks in large part to the reliance on the internet. While some may lament the loss of single-player and couch-coop elements in favor of sprawling online-enabled games these days, there’s no doubt that without this constant online connection, fans would be missing out on these special and sometimes holiday flavored updates.
Considering today is Halloween, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back on a few of the best Halloween inspired events and updates for some of our favorite games. More and more developers seem to have really started embracing these sorts of activities each passing year so if I managed to miss your favorite, let me know in the comments below!
Without further adieu, here’s my list of some of the most frighteningly good times!
Overwatch – Halloween Terror
I’ll admit that I’m a pretty big fan of all the Overwatch events in general but this one may take the cake. When the first one came out last year, it not only added some badass new skins and gear, it introduced a pretty interesting and fun PvE mode as well.
Essentially, many fan-favorite characters got twisted Halloween personas, led by none other than Dr. Junkenstein and his Monster (Junkrat and Roadhog). A group of four players had to defend a gate from increasing waves of enemy robots, who were supported at certain intervals by Dr. Junkestein, his monster, The Witch (Mercy), the Reaper (Reaper), and others.
This year, even more characters have gotten in on the fun including a Van Helsing outfit for McCree, a pretty awesome looking dragon skin for Symmetra, and a 80’s inspired look for Zarya to name a few.
For Honor – Feast of the Otherworld
After not having touched For Honor in about three months, this spooky update managed to pull me back into the game. Compared to some of the other titles on this list, the update isn’t incredibly robust, but it adds some really interesting elements.
Not only is there new gear to collect including emotes and outfits, the game has updated the minions in Domination to resemble skeletons. In addition, a new event mode called the Endless March, which changes the rules of Dominion. While capturing points is still vital, the bonus it provides is temporary. The skeleton minions have been buffed significantly, providing an added challenge to players who attempt to kill them to score points for their team as well.
A simple but welcomed update also changes the background music during the match loading screen to resemble a sort of B-movie Halloween tune which is totally awesome as well.
Destiny – Festival of the Lost
While Bungie is sadly skipping this year’s version in favor of making sure the launch window for Destiny 2 on consoles and it’s recently released PC version are rock solid, we can still look back fondly on it thanks to its predecessor.
The main hub world called the Tower was decked out in purple, with candles and haunting screams making up the audio/visual portion of the hub space. A new questline gave players a fun little activity to accomplish in addition to earning some new items such as a spawn effect that gave the appearance of spawning in through bats.
Players could also collect masks of other NPC creatures and characters as well as Festival specific shaders and loot. In a game with all sorts of colorful guns and gear, players can also get a box of raisins from everyone’s favorite grump, Eris Morn. RAISINS!
Team Fortress 2 – Scream Fortress
Man, what a cool, if not weird idea. The immensely popular shooter on Steam added in a ton of new items for players including emotes, achievements, weapons, and other cosmetic items, but the real fun was the gameplay.
As part of the Carnival of Carnage mode, players fought over “tickets” on a map that’s loaded with traps and curse effects like Big Head, or No Guns. When one team secures enough tickets, both teams then moved into the next phase of the match: bumper cars. Players then race around a map trying to knock other players off the map. Falling turns the defeated player into a ghost, which patrol the map and can get rescued by a teammate.
It’s really as outrageous and wacky as it sounds.
World of Warcraft/Hearthstone/Heroes of the Storm – Hallow’s Eve
Blizzard loves their holidays so it shouldn’t be surprising to know that most of their games get in-game events as well. While Overwatch does it’s own thing (see above) the other three big games celebrate what is known as Hallow’s Eve.
Heroes adds in new event-themed loot chests, which can be earned for levelling up or purchasing with gems. Items inside could include new skins, mounts, sprays, and other cosmetic gear. New quests have also been added which reward Halloween specific content as well.
Hearthstone adds in a new Warlock here, Nemsy Necrofizzle, for players attending its Fireside Gathering events. Just for logging in during this event, players will earn a Whispers of the Old Gods card pack and an Arena ticket followed by a Knights of the Frozen Throne card pack and another Arena ticket the following week. A special Tavern Brawl awaits, as well as a special dual-class Arena mode.
Finally, in WoW, Hallow’s End is an event that celebrates the time when the Forsaken broke away from the Scourge. The Innkeepers around the game world tend to give out in-game candy called tricky treats, which can then be spent at vendor’s outside of the capital cities for a whole slew of event-specific loot. Of course, the game world is decorated appropriately as well, giving the game a really cool and spooky vibe.
Fortnite – Fortnightmares
Though this one is easily the newest one on the list, it is just as important as the others. Not only does the game get a ton of cosmetic items and skins for the various player characters, but for PvE fans, Vlad Moon Rising adds a new map and mission type to the game.
Trap The Storm pits players against new Halloween themed monsters as they work to reinforce existing buildings like Gothic castles, old mansions, catacombs, and much more. Any candy earned during these matches can then be spent on Halloween llamas (loot boxes) to earn new gear like the Grave Digger Assault rifle or Jack-O-Launcher.
Shout Outs: Rocket League, Gears of War 4