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PSA: Overwatch is free to play all weekend (on consoles)

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If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to play Overwatch, I’d suggest you clear your plans for this weekend immediately. The shooter is going to be free to play for the next couple of days!

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. You’ll also be able to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock different customization options via the Hero Gallery. If you like what you see and decide to buy Overwatch: Origins Edition, you’ll also get to keep whatever progress you made during the weekend.

This is great news, at least for everybody who doesn’t own a PC. Oddly enough, Blizzard have opted to make this promotion console exclusive, for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

I don’t know if maybe that’s because the player base on those platforms are dwindling (which I highly doubt), or because there could potentially be a free trial mode on PC sometime in future. Whatever the reason, if you don’t have a console, you’re going to have to sit this weekend out unfortunately.

If you do happen to have one however, you can look forward to downloading the Overwatch client from your respective store from 8pm tonight. You can then play the shooter until about 11pm on Monday, when the promotion ends. Note that those are the times for us here in South Africa. If you’re from another region, be sure to check out the deployment schedule for your relevant launch time.

If you’ve never even considered playing Overwatch, I’d recommend you at least give it a try this weekend. Here’s what our devilishly handsome reviewer said about it back in May:

Blizzard have set a new example for the FPS genre that others will need to follow. Overwatch reaches near perfection with its polish and charm. It’s fun, addictive, and will keep players hooked for a good, long time.

And I still stand by that. I continue to play Overwatch regularly, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Last Updated: September 9, 2016


  1. How big is the download?!? I really want to give this a bash.


    • Ottokie

      September 9, 2016 at 10:17

      Around 8 to 9 GB and packs out at 20GB


      • Original Heretic

        September 9, 2016 at 10:28

        Eesh…. That’ll take me a while to download.


  2. HairyEwok

    September 9, 2016 at 10:27

    I’m fine with this. Have my Witcher 3 GOTY to play allll weekend. Also Matt, remember how you said you’ll never stop playing dota2 XD.


    • ??????? ????? ™

      September 9, 2016 at 10:28



    • Matthew Figueira

      September 9, 2016 at 10:50

      Did I ever say that? 😛 I CAN’T REMEMBER!

      Overwatch is my new bae <3


  3. ??????? ????? ™

    September 9, 2016 at 10:27

    Yeah, I’ve been dropping in/out of OW every so often, sometimes fun, sometimes, horrible


  4. Skittle

    September 9, 2016 at 10:41

    Will we have to download the full game? If that’s the case I’ll be lucky to play it for an hour on Monday.


    • Matthew Figueira

      September 9, 2016 at 10:50

      I believe so. It’ll be completely open after all 🙂 what Internet do you have? Surely it won’t take thaaaaaaaaaaat long?


      • Skittle

        September 9, 2016 at 11:49

        Haha I’m just a bitter old man. If I leave it to dl overnight I should be able to start playing it tomorrow


  5. The Order of the Banana

    September 9, 2016 at 11:40


    Yes, I know most of you love Overwatch. You think it’s the best thing since we first climbed out of a tree and decided to walk on two legs across the african plains. I kind of liked it, but guys.. Overwatch is sooo overrated!



    • Fnuik

      September 9, 2016 at 13:16

      I’ve played around 20 hours of the game, and I really like it, but I cant shake the feeling that something is missing in the game. It just feels like the kind of multiplayer that usually ships with a good single player campaign, like the mp from Uncharted 4. It’s good but its not supposed to be the main focus.


  6. Carla Van-dúnem Laramista

    September 10, 2016 at 03:43

    ANGOLA,também? todas ps4 mesmo até a my ps4 woderfull


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