How to play Overwatch for free next week

Good news, gamers: Overwatch is going free-to-play on all platforms next weekend, giving you a chance to try out the brand-new FPS for three days.

Blizzard’s first-ever shooter will be available to play for free fro November 18 to 21, on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You’ll be able to access the full roster of 22 heroes and 13 maps, as well as core game modes like Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest weekly brawl.

You can also level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock customisations like skins and voice effects, all of which will be retained if you decide to eventually purchase the game. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you stick with the same, Xbox Live, or Sony Entertainment account you first used to try out Overwatch.

“Attention, recruits! If you haven’t already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of Overwatch’s heroes, now’s your chance,” reads a Blizzard blog post.


Here’s how to install and play the game on various platforms:

Windows PC

  • Download, install, and launch Blizzard’s desktop app
  • Create a account, or log in with your existing account
  • Click the Overwatch icon, select your region, and then hit ‘Install’
  • Click ‘Play’ to begin

PlayStation 4

  • Turn on PlayStation 4 and log in
  • Go to PlayStation Store and select ‘Search’
  • Type in ‘Overwatch’
  • Select ‘Overwatch Free Weekend’ from results, then click ‘Download’
  • Once the game has downloaded and installed, click ‘Start’ to begin

Xbox One

  • Turn on your Xbox One and log in to Xbox Live
  • Go to the Xbox One Store, then select ‘Search’
  • In the search field, type in ‘Overwatch’
  • Select ‘Overwatch: Origins Edition’ from the search results, then click ‘Free Trial’
  • Once the game has downloaded and installed, click ‘Launch’ to begin

Some other points worth considering – the download size is about 12GB, and you’ll need Xbox Live Gold and/or PlayStation plus to play during the Free Weekend.

Overwatch was released in May this year, and has since been played by over 20 million gamers. In our review, we gave Overwatch a 4.5/5 score, praising its inventive and varied action, its diverse cast of characters and abilities, and its surprising gameplay.

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