Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: Spring 2016

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'Overwatch' (ALL) Free Next Weekend On PS4 and Xbox One

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2016 @ 11:02 a.m. PDT

Overwatch is a pick-up-and-play 6v6 team-based shooter set on a near-future earth, featuring an amazing cast of heroes and set in an all-new Blizzard game universe.

ωThe action of Overwatch. takes place in a technologically advanced, highly stylized future earth. In a time of global crisis, an international task force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities known as Overwatch had come together to restore peace to a war-torn world. After many years, the group’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now . . . but the world still needs heroes.

With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch. brings Blizzard’s signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.

While each hero represents a formidable force on their own, players can amplify their potential by assembling into a well-balanced team and creatively combining powers. No matter which hero or playstyle they prefer, players will be able to team up and accomplish the incredible in Overwatch.

As players compete in matches—win or lose—they’ll level up and earn Loot Boxes, each containing a combination of four items players can use to customize their heroes, including in-game credits and cosmetic goodies including skins, sprays, voice lines, and new animations. Among these items are legendary skins that dramatically alter heroes’ appearances, such as the post-apocalyptic Scavenger D.Va, or Lone Wolf Hanzo, which fills Overwatch’s expert bowman with the spirit of the wild.

If you haven't had a chance to join the fight for the future yet on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, then get ready. Assemble your friends and try out Blizzard’s team-based shooter during the Overwatch Free Weekend September 9–12!

For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 22 heroes and every map available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl. You'll also be able to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock different customization options via the Hero Gallery—and, if you like what you play and decide to buy Overwatch: Origins Edition later, you'll keep whatever progress you made during the weekend.

The Overwatch Free Weekend will take place September 9–12, and all PS4 owners and Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to download the game and play for FREE during this period—no sign-up or code is required!

The free period will begin on September 9 at 11 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC) and end on September 12 at 4 p.m. PT (23:00 UTC) in all gameplay regions. Don't miss out: to find out when you can play in your region, check out the reference guides below. 




19:00 BST on Sept 9

20:00 CEST on Sept 9

21:00 MSK on Sept 9

11:00 a.m. PDT on Sept 9
12:00 p.m. MDT on Sept 9
1:00 p.m. CDT on Sept 9

2:00 p.m. EDT on Sept 9

3:00 p.m. ADT on Sept 9

3:00 p.m. BRT on Sept 9

3:30 p.m. NDT on Sept 9

2:00 a.m. SGT on Sept 10

4:00 a.m. AEST on Sept 10

6:00 a.m. NZST on Sept 10

2:00 a.m. CST on Sept 10

3:00 a.m. KST on Sept 10

3:00 a.m. JST on Sept 10

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