It’s that time again, the time for a roundup of all the winter holiday events going on in the MMO universe! The nice thing about this particular holiday is that there’s so much associated that that it’s easy to fill in something; almost every game can smack a fuzzy red-and-white hat on somebody and call it good soup. And let’s face it, if you can keep that hat on in a large enough number of outfits, you’ll probably be happy with it.
Of course, it’s hard to catch up with all of the possible events, but we’ve endeavored to get a full roundup of events in here; if you see one we missed, let us know about it! We love hearing all about the latest snow-and-candy-cane explosion in a game world. That’s not a joke, it’s serious.
“Happy Frostval, hero! The time has once again arrived for heroes and frost moglins alike to crowd close around the hearth, sing merry Frostval tunes, and mercilessly slaughter snow monsters. Travel to Frostvale and explore the new town. While you’re there, throw some snowballs at other heroes, quest through the holiday releases, and be sure to get that free ugly sweater armor for free… because it’s free.”
“Through January 7, the ARK Winter Wonderland holiday event will be celebrated on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms. All maps are supported in both single player and multiplayer, with the event automatically activating on any map, even on modded map servers.”
Ah, yes, the real thing we all want with a winter holiday, getting stuff. Sure, you laugh, but at least DCUO is being honest with all of us. It does seem a little disingenuous to stop Larfleeze from getting stuff and stealing presents when you’re stealing them right back, but at least it’s not the cinematic universe, right?
Create baked goods by defeating enemies. If only it were that easy in real life, right? Smash a few ants and then you have pancakes ready to go. On second thought, let’s not have it be that easy; it’s disturbing to contemplate.
There are enough places in Tamriel that seem to be perpetually cloaked in winter that it might seem odd to celebrate winter anywhere else, but the New Life Festival includes new housing decoration. What else do you need to celebrate?
We’re not going to know exactly what this event looks like until it goes live, but datamined information points to it being a celebration akin to Final Fantasy Theatrhythm. Tapping to the beat is also the true meaning of Christmas.
“Starting now through December 31, exchange happy holiday greetings with worthy opponents in a Tavern festooned with a wonderland of fancy Winter Veil decorations. Cozy up and play 100 cards to complete the Happy Winter Veil! quest to receive FOUR The Boomsday Project card packs! Then settle in for some festive Tavern Brawl fun!”
The game’s first expansion is planned for next year and seems to be specifically winter-themed, but why not enjoy a bit of winter fun ahead of time with this bit of festive holiday joy? It still involves hunting things and getting rewards!
It always bothered me that we treat this song like it’s a Christmas song. Look, there’s a lot of winter that isn’t in December, right? Anyhow, Overwatch is less about the song and more about various thematic maps and gunplay along with new costumes. So, typical Overwatch.
As crass as it might seem, calling the holiday “Xmas” is actually just as resonant with the overall traditions of the season as any other name for this particular holiday. Use of it dates back to the 16th century! So you can give PWI props here for being historically accurate in its naming.
Get a gun with festive siding, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, Find a jolly tank for riding, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, Use a snowman for a decoy, fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la! Auraxis celebrations of joy, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!
“The Phirius Workshops taking a fancy to this custom would make the Snowflake Festival an even bigger event in the years to come. Each year more and more people took part in these activities creating this wonderful and exciting atmosphere that we can experience during the winter season nowadays.”
“Secret World Legends delivered a nice surprise gift for Krampusnacht 2018: new content! As in, new new, not returning-from-TSW new. Not just ‘stuff’ either, but missions. Missions — not one, but two! And one’s a new investigation mission at that! Can you tell [MJ is] a little excited?”
“Immortals are coming together to celebrate this very special season. The myLoot calendar is providing you with gifts for a while longer and the Soundweaver is now available to all of players! Like last year, the Winter Celebration will have many in-game events and festive rewards.”
“As with previous years, the Grinchlins aim to ruin Winterfest for everyone, and they’re making a pretty strong showing. No amount of coal or yellow snowballs has deterred them. Impostoclaus needs assistance in the Save Winterfest prestige mission! Help out and earn red, green, and white Winter Wish tokens.”
Q is a jerk. But in this event, he is a seasonal jerk. And at least it settles any sort of debates about whether or not it’s winter on all of the various planets throughout the galaxy; it’s winter here.
There’s a new battleground available for the game’s annual holiday event his year, so you will be able to focus on that instead of the fact that the developers are just not very good at naming things in this game. “Wintera,” really?
“Winter is coming and the weatherman has called for Snowfest! Let the frosty fury of flurries begin! Beat up on baddies throughout Adventure Worlds and the Shadow Tower to stock up on Snowfest Mystery Boxes. […] Not only that, but Winter Piñatas have returned, and they are loaded with wintry wonders like the Winter Piñata mount, the Chilly Pin Head, the Slope Slider hat and much more!”
Some people might say that with Warframe’s far-future setting and baroque weirdness, not to mention the different timeframes on different planets, that it’s a little odd to have a single Winter Solstice event across the game. Those people are liars and maniacs; it’s the Winter Solstice, feel festive in your techno-organic death ninja.
Yes, the holidays arrive in familiar form in Wizard101. That also includes a giveaway for each of the 12 days of Christmas, because why not? It contains slightly fewer lords-a-leaping than that might imply, though.
“The fine folks of Smokywood Pastures aren’t letting a little thing like war between the Horde and the Alliance get in the way of spreading holiday cheer—or gaining a bit of profit. Winter Veil has begun in Azeroth, and with it come all the fripperies, fineries, and delectable comestibles of the holiday.”