Overwatch, Blizzard’s team-based multiplayer first person shooter, celebrated its second birthday on Thursday, and celebrations are in order. In a new anniversary event, you can enjoy the game for free until Tuesday and enjoy new maps, play all the characters, and much more.
During the event, you can play at no charge and have access to all the different heroes, including Brigitte, the newest character. You can access Quick Play, custom games or even enjoy the game’s Arcade mode, which includes modes that mix up the rules, giving you a variety of game modes to enjoy. You will even be able to enjoy all the different maps and unlock different emotes, character cosmetics, and more. What’s even cooler is if you aren’t a player and you decide to buy the game, you can keep everything you earn during the free weekend. Essentially, it’s the entire game available to you at no charge, without the often highly competitive play.
“We’re excited to commemorate two years of playing Overwatch with you! What better way to mark the occasion than with a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map and more than 190 Anniversary items, including new Legendary skins? We’re also making past seasonal brawls available to play in the Arcade.”
If you stay after the free weekend, there are even more opportunities to earn rewards. “Earn Anniversary Loot Boxes as you play, plus pick up one Legendary Anniversary Loot Box if you log in from May 22 through June 11, 2018. Each Legendary Anniversary Loot Box comes with at least one guaranteed legendary item and can contain loot from past seasonal events or other classic content. Anniversary Loot Boxes are also available for purchase—but they’ll be locked away after the event ends.”
After two years, it’s tough to imagine that most people who want to play the game aren’t already, but there may be others who haven’t jumped in as of yet. This is a great way to get the hang of the game before the gameplay gets more competitive, and you will be able to earn a few extras along the way that could get more difficult once you jump back in to normal gameplay.
So what do you need to access the game for free? All you need is a Battle.net account, and you can sign up for Battle.net right here. Overwatch is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. For consoles, you will need to have access to online play using Sony’s system or Xbox Live from Microsoft. If you’re on a PC, all you will need is your Battle.net account, the game installed, and an Internet connection and you are ready to go.
Overwatch has proven very popular over the last couple of years, and free weekends such as these don’t come around often. Remember, this isn’t a limited free weekend, this is basically the full game. So if you haven’t given it a try, now is the perfect time to do it. After all, it is a long weekend. So what are you waiting you for? Give it a try and see if you are ready to compete.
Do you enjoy Overwatch? If so, tell me about your experience playing the game in the comments below.
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