Blizzard have announced that Overwatch will be free to play during the weekend of May 26th-29th. Players on all three platforms will be able to try the game out for free, although console owners will have to pay their respective monthly subscritions (PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold). There are no signups or codes involved in the process, which is always nice.
The full game will be on offer – all 24 heroes, playable across 14 maps, in all the game modes. Player progression will function normally, as will the loot boxes. Anything you accomplish or unlock will transfer into the full game if you decide to purchase it. The event will start on May 26th at 11 AM PDT, and it will be available in the Americas and Europe playing regions. The download size is around 12 GB on PC, while the console version weighs about 20 GB. Remember to check your subscription if you’re on console – you won’t be able to play without PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold.
They’ve published a helpful image with the exact starting times across all reagions. It seems the US will be starting around noon, Europe will get the game in the early evening hours, while Australia and the parts of Asia that aren’t considered Asia by Blizzard have starting times set to late night/early morning.
The team at Blizzard have also released an anniversary video, to commemorate the successes of the game’s first year. It shows off many cool moments that happened between launch and now, including seasonal events, player reactions, competitions and gatherings, and so on. They’ve also announced the birthday event, which will take place from May 23rd to June 12th.
It’s been a year already? One thing’s for sure – Blizzard are doing a stellar job of supporting the game and keeping in touch with the community.