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In addition to the May 22nd Anniversary event, that will see all skins and brawls coming back, we'll also get a free weekend soon thereafter! As usual all maps and heroes will be available, and for those that don't own Overwatch yet, all progress made during the weekend will be saved! There will also be a new Legendary edition of the game that comes with 15 skins, including the Origin ones that were only available with the game's original launch.

Blizzard LogoMay 25 (source)

Attention, recruits! The second anniversary of Overwatch is around the corner, and if you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of our heroes, now's your chance.

From May 25–28, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your teams and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation®4, or Xbox One!

For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 27 heroes and 18 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also be able to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options for their heroes. Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Xbox Live, or Sony Entertainment account that you played on.

PlayStation 4 players will be able to join this free weekend without a PS Plus account. PS Plus will be required to play Overwatch after May 28, but subscription options will be available to purchase at any time during and after the promotion.

For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!

 

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The Overwatch Free Weekend will run from May 25–28. All PlayStation 4 owners (even those with a PlayStation Plus membership), Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live Gold membership, and Windows PC users with a Battle.net account will be able to download and play Overwatch for FREE during this period—no special keys or sign-up codes needed!

The free period will begin on May 25 at 11:00 a.m. PT and end on May 28 at 11:59 p.m. PT in all participating regions across all platforms. If you'd like to see when the weekend will go live in your region, check out the guides below. For additional time zone assistance, please visit timezoneconverter.com.  

 

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EUROPE: THE AMERICAS: ASIA:

19:00 BST on May 25

20:00 CET on May 25

22:00 MSK on May 25

11:00 a.m. PDT on May 25

12:00 p.m. MDT on May 25

1:00 p.m. CDT on May 25

3:00 p.m. ADT on May 25

3:30 p.m. NDT on May 25

3:00 p.m. BRT on May 25

2:00 a.m. SGT on May 26

4:00 a.m. AEST on May 26

6:00 a.m. NZST on May 26

2:00 a.m. CST on May 26

3:00 a.m. KST on May 26

3:00 a.m. JST on May 26

The Overwatch Free Weekend may not be available on all platforms in all regions. See our FAQ for details.

 

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Before your watch can begin, you'll first need to install Overwatch on your chosen platform. Every platform is a little different—to install and play on May 25, please follow the instructions below.

FOR WINDOWS PC (February 16):

Step 1: Download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app, if you haven't already, and launch it.
Step 2: Create a FREE Blizzard account, or log in with an existing account. 
Step 3: Click the "Overwatch" icon, located on the left-hand side of the Blizzard desktop app.
Step 4: Select your region from the drop-down menu, then click "Install" to begin the installation process.
Step 5: Once installed, click "Play" to begin!

FOR PLAYSTATION 4 (Pre-download starting at 11:00 AM PDT on May 22nd):

Step 1: Turn on your PlayStation 4 and log in to your preferred local user. 
Step 2: Go to PlayStation Store and select "Search" from the top menu. 
Step 3: In the search field, type in "Overwatch."
Step 4: Select "Overwatch Free Weekend" from the search results and then click "Download."
Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Start" to begin!

FOR XBOX ONE (Pre-download starting at 11:00 AM PDT on May 22nd):

Step 1: Turn on your Xbox One and log in to your Xbox Live account.
Step 2: Go to the Xbox One Store, then select "Search."
Step 3: In the search field, type in "Overwatch."
Step 4: Select "Overwatch: Origins Edition" from the search results and then click "Free Trial."
Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Launch" to begin!

The Overwatch Free Weekend client will be available for download from May 25–28. 

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Q. In what regions is the Free Weekend available? 
A. The Free Weekend will be offered in all regions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On PC, it will only be available in our Americas, Europe, and Asia gameplay regions—excluding Korea. For more information on which countries are associated with each of our Blizzard gameplay regions, click here.

Q. What game content will be available during the Free Weekend? 
A. During the Free Weekend, players will have access to Overwatch's full roster of heroes, maps, and a selection of features—including Quick Play, Custom Games, the Arcade, and Loot Boxes.

Q. How many heroes are available in Overwatch? 
A. There are 27 heroes available to play in Overwatch! To learn more about these heroes, click here.

Q. How many maps are available in Overwatch? 
A. There 18 different maps available in Overwatch, each with different goals and objectives:

  • Assault: Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries
  • Escort: Dorado, Junkertown, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Assault/Escort: Blizzard World, Eichenwalde, Hollywood, King's Row, and Numbani
  • Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal, and Oasis

Q. How many players does each mode support?
A. Quick Play maps supports 12 players in a 6v6 format. The Arcade features alternate games modes and maps that support players in a 1v1, 3v3, 6v6, and free-for-all formats. 

Q. What different play modes are available in Overwatch during the Free Weekend?
A. There are a variety of ways to play Overwatch during the Free Weekend! 

  • Quick Play: Jump into a game against other players of similar skill.
  • Play vs. AI: Hone your skills against a team of AI-controlled heroes.
  • Custom Game: Customize the rules and play a game with your friends or AI.
  • The Arcade: Change things up with alternate games modes featuring different rules sets and restrictions.

Players can also learn the ropes in a series of training modes: Tutorial, Practice Range, and Practice vs. AI.

Q. Do I need Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to participate in the Free Weekend? 
A. This weekend, all PlayStation 4 owners will be able to join the Overwatch free weekend without a PlayStation Plus membership. Xbox One owners are required to have an Xbox One Live Gold membership to play during the Free Weekend.

Q. What languages are supported during Free Weekend?
A. The Free Weekend will be supported in 13 languages across all platforms: English, French, German, Polish, Italian, Russian, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

Q. Will my progress from the Free Weekend carry over if I purchase Overwatch  later? 
A. Yes. Any progression you earn, including levels as well as skins and other items you get from Loot Boxes, will carry over to the full game if you purchase Overwatch® Legendary Edition on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 or any version of Overwatch on PC—just be sure you purchase the game on the same account you played on during this free weekend.

Your stats will also be retained. (Trophies and achievements, however, have been disabled for the Free Weekend.)

Q. Will PC and console gamers be able to play together during the Free Weekend? 
A: No, cross-platform play is not available in Overwatch. 

Q. Will there be any sort of maintenance planned during the Free Weekend?
A. There's no downtime or maintenance currently planned for the Free Weekend. If this plan changes at any point, we'll be sure to provide information about major service interruptions in the official forums. For additional status updates, be sure to follow @PlayOverwatch on Twitter.

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      PATCH HIGHLIGHTS
      New Feature: Replays
      Experience your past Overwatch games from a whole new perspective with Replays. Replays allows you to watch your ten most recent matches from any vantage point. Whether you want a first-person, third-person, or bird’s-eye view, you can see it all with this tool. Hone your strategies by slowing down or speeding up the game to see exactly how a critical moment played out, get a better view of the action from above, or even turn off the UI completely.
      Learn more about Replays: Blizz.ly/OverwatchReplays
      HERO UPDATES
      Baptiste
      Biotic Launcher Increased heal ammo from 10 to 12. Amplification Matrix Ultimate duration increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds. Developer Comments: Given the dual nature of Baptiste’s weapon, he ends up having to reload often. We’re increasing the amount of ammo he has to work with so he can get more firing time while healing. Similarly, increasing the duration of Amplification Matrix will allow allies more time to get into position to make use of it.
      D.Va
      Defense Matrix Reduced length of Defense Matrix from 15 meters to 10 meters. Developer Comments: Defense Matrix is a very powerful defensive ability and can often feel oppressive from far away. Reducing the range on it will require D.Va to position herself more carefully to take advantage of its effects.
      McCree
      Peacekeeper Primary fire recovery reduced from 0.5 seconds to 0.4 seconds. Developer Comments: On average, McCree’s damage output wasn’t quite making up for the relatively low mobility or utility in his kit. Reducing his weapon’s recovery time improves the potential damage output without affecting the number of successful shots to kill an enemy.
      Orisa
      Protective Barrier Barrier can be deployed without interrupting reload. Developer Comments: Orisa has one of the longest weapon reloads and interrupting it to deploy a new barrier felt too disruptive to her gameplay. This change allows her to reload as needed while still being able to protect herself and her team.
      Symmetra
      Teleporter Teleporter interact range increased from 1 meter to 1.5 meters. Developer Comments: This is primarily a quality of life improvement as it was possible to create a teleporter that Symmetra was unable to interact with unless she moved toward it.
      Torbjörn
      Rivet Gun Secondary Fire damage per pellet reduced from 12.5 to 10.5 (105 dmg total per shot). Developer Comments: The combined damage output of Torbjörn’s secondary fire with his Overload ability was too high given his recently increased survivability.
      GAME MODE UPDATES
      Assault
      Time awarded for capturing Point A on all Assault maps has been reduced from 4 minutes to 3 minutes. Upon losing Point A, any defenders that are dead, or that die shortly thereafter, will have a maximum respawn of 3.5 seconds. Developer Comments: Assault match lengths are averaging higher than we’re happy with, particularly in Competitive where there are multiple rounds. We’re also concerned with how often Offense fully captures Point A and Point B. Reducing the round time from 8 to 7 minutes should address both these concerns, as less overall time rewards better Defense.
      Additionally, sometimes Defenders fight late with good intentions at Point A and end up staggered from their team when A falls, leaving their team with uneven footing to defend a rush to B. In these situations, temporarily lowering the respawn time to get those Defenders back with their team should be a better match experience and doesn’t punish players so harshly for wanting to defend Point A.
      WORKSHOP UPDATES
      General
      Visual update applied Check boxes added to support operations on multiple conditions/actions/rules. You can now disable conditions/actions/rules without deleting them. (PC) When copying conditions/actions/rules, the contents will also be copied to your clipboard in a text format. (PC) When pasting conditions/actions/rules, the editor will use the text from your clipboard. Increased maximum number of effects from 64 -> 128. Added ‘Modify Global Variable At Index’. Added ‘Modify Player Variable At Index’. BUG FIXES
      General
      Communication Wheel: “Acknowledge” pings triggered through the Communication Wheel can now target objectives. Fixed a bug where explosions could play in the wrong position if a mispredicted impact happened on the client. Custom Game: Fixed a bug where AI Soldier: 76 wouldn’t fire his Helix Rocket at the same target twice. Custom Game: Fixed an issue where ‘Nearest Walkable Position’ would use a location in a spawn room instead of the specified location when the spawn room doors were closed. Tutorial: Weapon UI is now hidden until your weapon is available. Heroes
      Ana Anti-Heal will be cleared when Sombra uses her translocator to teleport.
        Sombra Translocator will now escape slippery surfaces more easily and not be able to be stuck to them. Fixed an issue where a material effect on Sombra’s hair would cause it to cast a shadow while invisible.
        Torbjörn Fixed a bug where Torbjörn’s turret was sometimes able to shoot through walls.
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