Blizzard have announced they will host a free long Overwatch [official site] trial weekend from Friday, November 18th through to Monday the 21st. We’ve told you Wot We Think of Blizzard’s class-based multiplayer FPS and chattered about it plenty too, but that’s no substitute for playing it yourself. If you’re interested, mark this on your calendar and start rallying your chums.
The trial will begin at 11am Pacific Time (7pm UK time) on November 18th then end on the 21st at 4pm PT (midnight in the UK). To play, you’ll simply need a Battle.net account and the client. The download will be about 12GB big. Then you’ll get to play p. much the full game, Blizzard explain in their announcement:
“For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of 22 heroes and 13 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.”
Progress made during the trial will be saved and carry over if you buy the full game too.
This isn’t the first Overwatch free weekend but it is the first to hit PC.
Me, I’m certainly up for this. As much as Blizzard’s Overwatch short films try to convince me it’s a super-serious game about epic struggle, I know it’s a big fun sillyfest with apes and robots and — from what I’ve seen on this here Internet — friendship and romance and dating and marriage and intimacy and occasional bawdy humour. It’s a dating sim where the dates involve shooting people in the face, right? This recent video with a load of the voice actors larking about together only furthers my belief: