If you're having a lazy Sunday and still haven't played Overwatch yet, Blizzard aims to remedy that. A free weekend for the game is ongoing and, if you enjoy the time you spend in the fast and frantic first-person shooter, then you can pick it up for a nice discount, too.
As Gamespot is reporting, the Overwatch free weekend is live and ongoing, running into the late hours of this evening. This event is live on all platforms, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The free weekend is scheduled to run until just before midnight tonight but, still, that's plenty of time to take it for a test drive and see what all of the fuss is about.
And when Blizzard says the game is free for the weekend, they mean the entire game. You're basically downloading the full package here, which will grant access to all 25 of the current heroes. You'll be battling on all 16 of the games maps, across all available modes, too. Whether you want to jump into Quick Play headfirst or experiment with Custom Games ore the Arcade, all gates have been kicked open. Just head to your platform's market of choice, navigate to the game's page, and download it free of charge.
Again, this is technically the full game, so you'll also be exposed to the Loot Boxes in Overwatch, which can be earned through regular play and grant access to things like character skins and emotes. You'll also level up and unlock customization options regularly. If at any point you decide to pick up the full game, all of that progress will transfer over seamlessly, so don't worry about losing your hard work.
The only catch here is that you have to have the appropriate account depending on which platform you're gaming on. So if you're on the Xbox One, you need to be a Gold subscriber. If you're gaming on the PlayStation 4, you need to be a member of Plus. You'll also need a Battle.net account to play on PC.
Now is obviously a pretty great time to jump onto the Overwatch bandwagon. The game recently got a new Deathmatch mode, a new Junkertown map, as well as patches updating a few of the members of the roster. We're also just about to go into the first season of the Overwatch League, where teams from all around the world will compete in regular play.
As a final reminder, Overwatch will be discounted on all platforms in celebration of this free weekend event. If you just want the base game, that'll set you back $30 on all platforms. If you want the Game of the Year edition, that'll be $40. Also, if you already own the regular edition, you can upgrade to the GOTY Edition for $10 more. These prices are good through 11:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 28.