Nerf Releasing Overwatch-Themed Toys

Fans of Overwatch can rejoice as Blizzard teams up with Nerf to bring reality a little closer to the world of the game. Just without all the robots, assassinations, and a destroyed Australia.

A post on the official Overwatch Twitter announced a new partnership between itself and the toy company Nerf. Set for release at some point next year, Nerf will be making Overwatch-branded blasters in the style of different weapons from the game.

These new toys will be a part of the Nerf Rival line. These blasters are designed to be more precise than the standard Nerf guns, offering a somewhat safer alternative to things like paintball and airsoft through the use of foam balls.

No specifics have been given yet as to which guns from the game will be making it into the line, though it’s a safe bet that the likes of Tracer’s iconic pulse pistols will probably make an appearance. Price has also not been announced, with other guns in the line costing as much as $100 in some cases but as low as $25 making it hard to speculate as to how much you’ll need to pay when the time comes.

This won’t be the first time Nerf has produced weapons in the Rival line themed after different media, as Deadpool got his own toys in the form of specially themed Apollo XV-700 blaster and a set of Kronos XVIII-500 pistols covered with his face. However, these were recolors of existing toys, so whether or not the company plans to do the same for Overwatch or create entirely new weapons will remain to be seen until more information is revealed.

Blizzard’s Overwatch Will Be Free to Play on Valentine’s Weekend

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.