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If you're one of the 15 people who still hasn't played Overwatch yet, the folks at Blizzard are making it easier than ever with a free weekend across all platforms.
Blizzard today announced the Overwatch Free Weekend event, which runs from Feb. 16-19 across the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you've never played the game before, or simply want to give it another trial run, you'll be able to download the entire game on your platform of choice and dive into some matches across four days, through the weekend.
With President's Day coming up Feb. 20, this was pretty great timing on Blizzard's part. If you're planning on lounging around the house for the holiday, it certainly couldn't hurt to download Overwatch and see what all of the latest heroes, maps and modes have to offer.
As stated in the announcement, all 26 of the games' heroes and 17 maps will be available to play across a variety of modes, including quick play, custom games and arcade mode. In order for this to work, Blizzard is allowing everyone to download the entire game. While playing, you'll earn experience, level up, unlock customization items and pop open loot boxes along the way.
The real hook is that, if you decide to buy the game after the trial run, you'll be able to keep playing right where you left off. More and more publishers are using these tactics these days, and we're all for it. Even players who tried out a free test run in the past will be able to pick right back up where they left off last time, as you're creating a legitimate save file for the game. So, if you play some this weekend and like what you see, but maybe don't want to buy the game just yet, all of your progress will be waiting for you when you finally take the plunge. The only caveat is that you'll have to use the same Blizzard, Xbox Live or Sony Entertainment account to keep on rolling; so you can't play the free weekend on the PlayStation 4 and then hope to continue your progress later on the Xbox One version of the game.
As noted above, this isn't the first free weekend for Overwatch and we certainly don't expect it will be the last. Blizzard and Activision are being very aggressive with marketing even though the game is a couple of years old at this point, but the community has only continued to grow. Spurred on by regular updates and the recently launched Overwatch League, we figure they'll probably earn quite a few new players once the holiday weekend wraps up.
Again, it's free. If you're even a little bit curious, giving Overwatch a try this weekend certainly can't hurt.