Overwatch to offer free console weekend

Console gamers can give Blizzard’s massively successful online team shooter a three day test drive.

Continuing their efforts to reach more consumers, Blizzard is making Overwatch free to play on Xbox One and PS4 from September 9-12. While Xbox One gamers will need a Gold subscription to enjoy the trial period, PS4 owners can enjoy Overwatch without a PlayStation Plus membership.

All of Overwatch’s 22 characters, maps and modes will be available during the trial period. Additionally, any progress and cosmetic unlocks gained through Loot Boxes over the free weekend will carry over should you choose to pick up the full version of the game later on.

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Of course, this isn’t the first time console gamers have gotten a chance to play Overwatch free of charge. Prior to launch, Blizzard hosted an open beta where gamers could get a feel for the game ahead of full release. For those who haven’t paid attention to the game since then, there have been plenty of changes over various post-launch updates. In fact, Overwatch’s second competitive season launched last weekend and included a host of tweaks and fixes for competitive, skill-based matchmaking.

It’s no secret that Overwatch has sold like hotcakes since its launch in May. In just one week, the game had 10 million unique users across PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Since then, Overwatch remained in NPD’s #1 and #2 spot for software sales in June and July, respectively. While August numbers aren’t in, Overwatch will likely remain high on the list, though it may be knocked down a few pegs by No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

If you plan on trying out Overwatch for free this weekend, check the Xbox and PlayStation digital stores to download as soon as it’s made available on the 9th. For unlock time specifics, keep an eye on the official Overwatch and Blizzard Twitter accounts.

 

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