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These free weekends really seem to be paying off for Blizzard or they're just feeling especially giving lately, as they're getting increasingly more common! This is great news for anyone still on the fence to come and try the game out, especially with the Summer Games in effect and the latest Hero Hammond being so much fun to play.
The weekends starts next Thursday the 23d and goes through to Monday the 27th on all platforms, so get ready to try out the game/welcome a lot of new players! And for all those joining the ranks, you can also check out our Hero guides.
Free Weekend (source)
There’s never been a better time to become an Overwatch agent. If you’re ready to join your friends on the payload, now's your chance.
From August 23–27, 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 28 heroes—along with the newly released Wrecking Ball—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 seasonal Summer Games 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.
For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!
Deployment Schedule Installation and Play Instructions Free Weekend FAQ
The Overwatch Free Weekend will run from August 23–27. All Windows PC users with a Blizzard 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 August 23 at 11:00 a.m. PDT and end on August 27 at 11:59 p.m. PDT in supported regions across all platforms. If you'd like to see when the weekend will go live in your region, check out the reference guides below. For additional time zone assistance, please visit timezoneconverter.com.
EUROPE: THE AMERICAS: ASIA: 19:00 BST on August 23
20:00 CET on August 23
21:00 MSK on August 23
11:00 a.m. PDT on August 23
12:00 p.m. MDT on August 23
1:00 p.m. CDT on August 23
3:00 p.m. ADT on August 23
3:30 p.m. NDT on August 23
3:00 p.m. BRT on August 23
2:00 a.m. SGT on August 24
4:00 a.m. AEST on August 24
6:00 a.m. NZST on August 24
2:00 a.m. CST on August 24
3:00 a.m. JST on August 24
The Overwatch Free Weekend may not be available in all regions. See our FAQ for details.
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 August 23, please follow the instructions below.
FOR WINDOWS PC (August 23):
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!
The Overwatch Free Weekend client will be available for download from August 23–27.
FOR PLAYSTATION 4 (Pre-download starting at 11:00 AM PDT on August 16th?
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!
The Overwatch Free Weekend client will be available for download from August 16–27.
FOR XBOX ONE (Pre-download starting at 11:00 AM PDT on August 16th?
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 August 16–27.
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 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 28 heroes available to play in Overwatch! To learn more about these heroes, click here.
Q. How many maps are available in Overwatch?
A. There are 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, Rialto, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar Assault/Escort Hybrid: 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 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. 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. Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation are required 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.
Live Patch notes.
PTR Patch notes.
The All-Star Weekend is fast approaching, only two weeks away in fact, and Blizzard just shared a lot of details about the event and more specifically, it's format. We've already heard about the two new skins the event will be bringing to the game and now we found out how to get them: they'll be available for a limited time only, August 17–27 and each will cost 300 Overwatch League Tokens.
The actual format of the weekend, starting on August 25th, will have 2 separate sections for the two days, starting with custom skill matches on Saturday (Lucioball Showdown, Mystery Heroes, Widowmaker 1v1 with only headshots counting for eliminations, Talent Takedown where casters and analysts will go head to head in a regular 6v6 series, and finally Lockout Elimination). Then we have the big event on Sunday, the actual All-Star game where the Atlantic team will meet the Pacific in 6v6 using standard competitive settings, playing 5 maps.
Check out the full details below:
All-Star Weekend (source)
We’re just two weeks from the first-ever Overwatch League All-Star Weekend, and today we’re revealing the custom game modes and format for both days of competition. Additionally, we have new details on the limited-time legendary All-Star skins for Tracer and Genji (see below).
All-Star Weekend festivities kick off on Saturday, August 25, with a series of custom skill matches. On Sunday, August 26, the Atlantic and Pacific All-Stars go head-to-head in the official All-Star Game, Powered by Intel®.
For Saturday’s lineup of custom games, all players on each roster much compete, and there will be no substitutions within each game. Here are the custom games that will be played:
The Atlantic and Pacific teams will compete in a 3v3 best-of-three series using standard Lúcioball settings on the Busan Lúcioball Arena map. Each match will last five minutes. If a match is tied at the end of five minutes, then the next goal wins.
The Atlantic and Pacific teams will compete in a 6v6 Mystery Heroes game using standard competitive settings in a best-of-three series on control maps Ilios, Lijiang Tower, and Nepal. For Mystery Heroes, players will be assigned a random hero at the start of each map, and a new random hero on each respawn.
The Atlantic and Pacific coaches will select their four best Widowmaker players for this mini-tournament. The four players from each squad will compete head-to-head until there’s one Atlantic and one Pacific champion. The two champions will face off in the final. The winner for all matches prior to the final will be first player to reach five eliminations. The final will be decided by the first to seven eliminations. Eliminations are headshot only, and automatic firing will be disabled. There will be no capture points, but after 30 seconds player locations will be visible to both players. A match will result in a draw after five minutes. This mode will be played on Castillo (quarterfinals), Necropolis (semifinals), and Ecopoint: Antartica (final).
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Prior to All-Star Weekend, the Atlantic and Pacific coaches will draft two teams of casters and analysts. (Keep an eye on our social channels for draft results!) The two teams will square off in a 6v6 best-of-three series using standard competitive settings. The first map played will be King’s Row (hybrid). The team that loses the first map gets to select the second map. If the series is tied 1-1, a game of Lúcioball will be the tiebreaker. If the Lúcioball match is tied after five minutes, the next goal wins. Overwatch League players will help call the game along with the casters and analysts not playing.
The Atlantic and Pacific teams will square off in this 6v6 competition using standard lockout elimination settings. The winner will be determined in a best-of-three series. The maps for this mode are Oasis University, Necropolis, and Castillo.
The format for Sunday’s Overwatch League All-Star Game, Powered by Intel®:
Atlantic and Pacific teams will compete 6v6 using standard competitive settings Teams will play a full five-map match Map pool: King’s Row, Rialto, Horizon Lunar Colony, Route 66, and Ilios All 18 players on each team must play at least one map Substitutions can only be made between maps One All-Star coach per team will help manage rosters and strategy Sunday’s All-Star Game is sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday’s All-Star custom games event.
ALL-STAR LEGENDARY SKINS
To celebrate the All-Star Game, we’re revealing two new legendary Overwatch skins: the 2018 Atlantic All-Star Tracer and the 2018 Pacific All-Star Genji. Both skins will be available for a limited time from August 17–27. Each skin is redeemable for 300 Overwatch League Tokens.
All-Star Weekend events will be streamed live on Twitch, OverwatchLeague.com, the Overwatch League app, MLG.com, and the MLG app.
The Summer Games start today and we got another 3 skins revealed in the past couple of days as well! It seems Lacrosse Roadhog is the clear winner of this new skin-off, but there will be more new skins coming with the games, like the Sombra Mexico epic skin.
The 2018 Summer Games are almost upon us and with only 3 days to go it's time for some skin previews! We have D.Va's Waveracer, Gridironhardt Reinhardt and finally, Catcher Winston.
It's time for another event! This time it's the 2018 Summer Games, presumably featuring Lucioball once more, with the usual new skins and cosmetics to be had and purchased. Last year we had the new cosmetics costing the normal amount, but also could buy 2016's skins at a discount.
The event runs for three weeks from August 9th to the 30th, so get on in there and play some ball!