The first new Overwatch Winter Wonderland skin turns Zarya into a real Russian bear

Blizzard announced yesterday that the Winter Wonderland will return to Overwatch on December 11, a snowy special event that we predicted would be preceded by the usual array of new Legendary skin reveals. Sure enough, we were right (shocking, I know): First on the runway is Snowboarder Zarya, whose cute furry look makes for a very different sort of "Russian Bear."

The hat is the hook, but for my money it's the poofy little tail that really brings this outfit home. It looks more like it came off of a rabbit, at least as they're depicted in Peter Cottontail stories, but it's legit and here's the proof. The little polar bear plushie hanging off the back of her pack is a nice touch, too.

Overwatch's Winter Wonderland event begins on December 11. I imagine we'll see a few more skins turn up on Twitter between now and then, and we'll let you know when it happens. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.