Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland holiday event is currently underway in the game, giving players a chance to obtain fun holiday-themed character skins, player icons, emotes, and more. However, a number of players have expressed their dissatisfaction with Mei’s Legendary skin from the event, which is essentially a more festive recoloring of her default outfit.
The game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, has responded to the criticism on the forums, saying that the team makes a “gut call based off of what we think is cool,” and that it seemed like their “cool meter” didn’t quite hit the mark this time. Kaplan did, however, assure players that Mei would be getting something “pretty awesome” early next year.
“Hi there. 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. Coolness is very subjective, and based off of the community reaction it seems like our gauge was off on this one. Our reasoning for it being Legendary was that we completely redid the visual effects for Cryo-Freeze (we turned the ice block into a snowman). We thought that was pretty special and we had done it specifically based on community suggestions from months ago when people were speculating that we might have a winter event. Apparently, lots of people don’t agree with us and that’s ok. It’s all good feedback and we’re learning something for future events.
For people concerned that Mei is not going to get another Legendary for a long time, you need not worry. We have something pretty awesome for her early next year.
Apologies that our “cool meter” was off from yours on this one. We’ll try to align better on future content.”
Overwatch is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.