Overwatch now has over 30 million players across PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter is a huge success, making bank for the company as a premium title. But the company wants to get even more people in on the action, letting them see for themselves how fun Overwatch can be.
Blizzard has now announced another Overwatch free weekend, which will give everyone a chance to test out the game even if they have yet to spend the $40 to buy a copy outright. Beginning on September 22 at 11AM PDT, players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One will be able to play the game for free until September 25 at 11:59PM PDT. Though, a Battle.net account is required on PC and console players will also need to have a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live subscription.
Blizzard also confirms that the free weekend will include all of the available maps and all 25 of the game’s heroes too. This will include punching Talon agent Doomfist and honorable robot Orisa, who both joined the game this year. The new Deathmatch game modes will also be included, and players will be able to shoot their way around Widowmaker’s home on the new Chateau Guillard map.
Moreover, it will also include Junkrat and Roadhog’s stomping ground as the Junkertown map release date is just a few days before the free weekend begins. Blizzard has already explained that Junkertown has significant lore attached to it and this could help free weekend players get even more invested in the game.
Additionally, Blizzard states that any levelling up that players do during the free weekend, or anything that they earn from loot boxes will be permanently unlocked if they buy the full version. Given how fancy some of the game’s legendary skins look, many players may end up buying Overwatch outright just so that they don’t have to give them up.
With Blizzard having recently released so much new content for the game, arguably now is the best time for people to get involved. Plus, with Blizzcon around the corner, it will surely come with more Overwatch-related reveals and fans will want to get in on the game now so that they can be ready.
The company is also preparing to open the doors on its very own esports arena and events like the Overwatch World Cup and the Overwatch League continue as well. So, even if the free weekend doesn’t draw people in, the rest of Blizzard’s plans for the game certainly will.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.