Overwatch Is Getting Another Free Weekend

Overwatch Free Weekend
(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Blizzard Entertainment isn't done luring in gamers who haven't yet played Overwatch or haven't bitten the bullet and bought a copy of the game. This is why Blizzard has announced that there's a free weekend set to take place next weekend.

The company gave the heads up via press release, indicating that between November 17th and November 20th gamers will be able to try out the team-based hero-shooter for free.

The weekend will start on Friday morning at 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time. This will run through Monday at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. So you'll have the entire weekend and then some to get in game time with Overwatch. If you're unsure what time that falls on in your neck of the woods, Blizzard offers a time zone converter link over on the Play Overwatch website that will allow you to calculate when the free weekend will get underway for your region.

Of course, you'll have to set aside some time to actually download the game, which may or may not cut into the amount of time you'll have to actually play the game.

The free weekend will be available for PC gamers via the Battle.net client, it will also be available for Xbox One owners, and it will be available for PlayStation 4 gamers. There is, however, a catch: you will need the premium multiplayer services for the PS4 and Xbox One to play the games online.

This means you'll need PlayStation Plus to play the game on PS4, and you'll need Xbox Live Gold if you want to play the game on the Xbox One.

The upside is that you won't need any special promotional codes or access keys to play Overwatch during the free weekend. Just head to the respective online storefronts and download the game. For PC gamers you'll need to download the Battle.net desktop app and register an account if you haven't already. Open up the app and click on the Overwatch icon to begin the installation.

For PlayStation gamers you'll need to go to the PlayStation Store and search out the "Overwatch Free Weekend" and click on the entry to begin downloading the free client.

For Xbox One gamers the process simply requires going to the Xbox Store, searching for Overwatch and then selecting Overwatch: Origins Edition from the search menu. Download and install it and you'll be good to go.

So what kind of content will you have access to from Blizzard's team-based hero-shooter? Well, all of it. You'll be able to play all of the game's available heroes, including Doomfist; you'll be able to play across all of the maps, partake in each of the game modes, and even unlock loot boxes in quick play, arcade mode, or custom games.

And most importantly whatever progress you make during the free weekend will carry over into the full version of Overwatch if you decide to pick up the full version at some point in the future. With all that said, you now just have to prep to download and boot up the game during the free weekend starting November 17th.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.