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Blizzard confirms free-to-play weekend for Overwatch starting November 18

Starting this weekend, anyone can try Blizzard Entertainment’s highly-acclaimed first person shooter Overwatch for free. The free-to-play window starts this Friday November 18, and ends Monday – November 21. It’ll be available as free-to-play across all platforms which include the PC, PS4 and the Xbox One.

Hence, it’s a great opportunity for those who haven’t given a shot at the game yet, as the full version of Overwatch will be available for free during the coming weekend, which includes all 22 heroes (except Sombra), 13 maps, weekly Brawls, along with other customized game modes. Blizzard has also made a handy world map which shows the start times of the free-to-play window for every region across the globe. For instance, in the U.S the free-to-play window starts at 2 p.m ET on November 18.



Overwatch is a multiplayer first person shooter that has already bagged an overwhelming response with around 20 million registered players. The game’s immense following can be attributed to its unique game mechanics, as it’s not just your everyday run and gun shooting game. It features a wide range of characters, each having its own unique set of skills and attributes. Some of them can absorb damage, while some of them are healers.

Users will need a PlayStation Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership to try the game on their consoles. The approximate download  size for the the free-to-play version is 12GB. Trophies and Achievements, however, will be disabled during the free-to-play window.  

Though, if you decide to purchase a copy of Overwatch after testing the game, you’ll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend. All you need to make sure is to log-in using the same Battle.net, Xbox Live Gold or Sony PlayStation Plus account that you played on. Blizzard has also provided a list of instructions on how to download Overwatch on your PC, PS4 or Xbox One during the free weekend trial. You can see the instructions on the company’s official page here.