As a special Valentine’s Day gift to its playerbase, Activision-Blizzard has just announced a free weekend for their hit game Overwatch. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Overwatch will be available free to play for the entire weekend of February 16 to the 19 starting midday on Friday and ending a minute before midnight on Monday.
Overwatch is a massive online multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the same company behind enduring hits like World of Warcraft and StarCraft II. Praised by critics and fans alike for its fast paced gameplay, colorful and unique character roster, and engaging narrative, Overwatch has gained huge amounts of attention since its launch in May 2016.
While many have already taken the plunge and bought the game, others have held out for various reasons. Periodically, the developers will announced events like these where new players are encouraged to try the game entirely for free without having to spend the normal $40 to buy it.
Those new to the game who begin during the free weekend will have access to all 26 heroes, 17 maps, and 4 different game modes, as well as extra features like Loot Boxes, level progression, and alternate skins. Additionally, any progress made during the free weekend will carry over if and when a person buys the full game so long as they do so on the same network account they played on originally. Achievements, though, are disabled for free players.
With Overwatch’s intuitive matchmaking system that pairs lower ranked players with others of their skill level and vice versa, there’s no reason not to try things out entirely for free. Players will be under no obligation to buy the full game once the free weekend comes to a close, either.
For more information and a complete list of everything offered to free players, check out the Play Overwatch website to stay up to date on everything. PC players can even head over to Battle.net to pre-download the game before the weekend, giving them extra time to play.