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You Can Play Overwatch for Free Next Weekend

Dave Parrack 10-11-2016

If you have been tempted to buy Overwatch, but haven’t yet dipped your hand into your pocket, Blizzard is making the game free-to-play for one weekend only. And it would be rude for gamers to turn down such a generous offer, right?


For the uninitiated, Overwatch is a team-based first-person shooter first released in May 2016. Players pick a character and then engage in online battles, with a variety of game modes available to choose from. Overwatch is an insanely popular game that already boasts 20 million players.

However, there’s always room for more. Which is why Blizzard is offering potential Overwatch players a chance to sample the game for free without spending a dime. And all you need is a PC with a account, a PS4 with PlayStation Plus, or an Xbox One with Xbox Live 5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion] It's difficult to remember a time when games consoles didn't connect to the Internet. I'm now so used to online features being an integral part of the gaming experience, that it's easy to forget that... Read More .

The Overwatch Free Weekend will run from 18:00 UTC on November 18th through to 23:00 UTC on November 21st. You can see when the free weekend starts and ends in your location by typing the UTC times above into Google Search.

Play the Full Game Free for 3 Days

This isn’t simply a demo either, as Blizzard is offering the full roster of heroes, maps, and game modes for the whole weekend. This should allow potential Overwatch players to make a qualified decision as to whether to purchase the full game once the free weekend ends.

Any progress you make during the Free Weekend will be saved to your account, so if you do then buy the full game, you can carry on where you left off. However, Trophies and Achievements have been disabled for the Free Weekend.


The Overwatch Free Weekend client will only become available to download on November 18th, so we recommend you get in early to avoid disappointment. The Free Weekend client is approximately 12GB, so make sure you have enough space on your hard drive before the 18th arrives.

Full details on how to get access to the Overwatch Free Weekend are available here. You should probably also read our beginner’s guide to Overwatch before engaging in combat.

Are you an avid Overwatch player? Do you recommend gamers try Overwatch on for size over the Free Weekend? If you have never played Overwatch, are you planning to take advantage of the Free Weekend? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: First Person Shooter, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

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  1. Ben Stegner
    November 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I grabbed Overwatch on a whim last month and it's quickly become one of my favorite multiplayer shooters ever. It's a blast and the characters are so diverse that there's a lot to learn in mastering them. If you're on the fence, you should definitely give this a try! Let me know if you'll be playing on PS4.