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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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On 8/17/2018 at 7:46 PM, MZLICH said:

I would buy it after 2 years if my economic situation was good... most of people already got it...only some like me still haven't it..

 

Overwatch is on sale every now and then. They reduce it to 19,99. For a poor guy like me this was a reasonable offer. Since the free content keeps growing it seems kind of fair. If you want to buy it keep an eye out for the discounts. Next might be Black Friday.

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17 hours ago, Alkasar said:

Overwatch is on sale every now and then. They reduce it to 19,99. For a poor guy like me this was a reasonable offer. Since the free content keeps growing it seems kind of fair. If you want to buy it keep an eye out for the discounts. Next might be Black Friday.

for a country like Iran it's still expensive...I earn about 2$ everyday! It's because of usa's boycotts. I mean dollar is expensive here(but i still can have some food and pay for my 1024kb/s wifi and my rental house with Iran's unit) and also because of usa and eu banks boycotts I can't have an account in paypal or other things,so I should find a third person who can buy me that,so he needs money too (this is a business in iran)...so should I stop eating and buying my needs for over 10 days in order to buy a game?I do anything for it but please don't tell me anything about dollars bro...

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On 8/19/2018 at 7:46 AM, MZLICH said:

for a country like Iran it's still expensive...I earn about 2$ everyday! It's because of usa's boycotts. I mean dollar is expensive here(but i still can have some food and pay for my 1024kb/s wifi and my rental house with Iran's unit) and also because of usa and eu banks boycotts I can't have an account in paypal or other things,so I should find a third person who can buy me that,so he needs money too (this is a business in iran)...so should I stop eating and buying my needs for over 10 days in order to buy a game?I do anything for it but please don't tell me anything about dollars bro...

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      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.
    • By Starym
      Here come the patch notes for today's update, featuring the already announced Anniversary event, but also bringing the biggest update to Overwatch in a long time to live servers - the Workshop has arrived! You can check out a detailed walkthrough for the new tool here.
      Baptiste and Hammond also receive some fixes to how their abilities interact with moving platforms and there's a whole lot of bug fixes as usual.
      May 21 (source)
      New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Anniversary 2019
      Celebrate Overwatch’s third anniversary with brand new items, including Legendary and Epic skins like Riot Police Brigitte, Academy D.Va, Carbon Fiber Doomfist, Honeydew Mei, Orbital Pharah, Gargoyle Winston, and many more! Did you miss any Overwatch festivities over the previous years? Don’t worry—you’ll be able to unlock items from past events using credits (or by opening Loot Boxes!) Relive the thrill of previous seasonal brawls in the Arcade, with a brawl of the day rotating throughout the Anniversary celebration. Thank you so much for playing Overwatch with us over the past three years! Your continued support and enthusiasm help drive us to keep creating. We look forward to celebrating with you in-game!
      Workshop
      We’re excited to share a new in-game feature called the Workshop! The Workshop greatly expands the game customization features available in the Game Browser by providing a simplified game scripting system. Enhance the Overwatch game modes you know and love with new game rules, new victory conditions, adjustments to the hero movement and abilities, and much more. Once you’ve designed an awesome new game mode, create a code to share it with your friends or the whole community*! To get started using the Workshop, see our Workshop blog post. We’re excited to see what you come up with! (* Codes created in China cannot be shared with the rest of the world. Codes created outside of China can’t be used by players in China.) Note that Workshop is a complex feature that we’re still iterating on, so we may need to adjust or turn it off as we work to improve it. Please post any questions or issues in the Workshop forum.
      HERO UPDATES
      Baptiste
        Immortality Field If it lands on a moving platform, it will move along with the platform
        Wrecking Ball

      Minefield If a mine lands on a moving platform, it will move along with the platform BUG FIXES
      Heroes
      Baptiste
      Fixed a bug where Immortality Field would become stuck under some objects Fixed a bug where Immortality Field would behave oddly when placed on a moving platform Fixed a bug where a healing grenade would appear in his Biotic Launcher when it is out of ammo Fixed a bug where the healing grenades from the Biotic Launcher wouldn’t hit teammates when deflected by Genji’s Deflect D.Va
      Fixed a bug where D.Va’s speed when using Boosters decreased dramatically when flying over some platforms Genji
      Fixed a bug where Genji couldn’t climb up certain pillars on the Havana map Hanzo
      Fixed a bug where Hanzo couldn’t climb up certain pillars on the Havana map Moira
      Fixed a bug with Moira’s Scientist skin where her lab coat would clip into itself while using the Erlenmeyer victory pose Orisa
      Fixed a bug where damage boosting from a teammate’s ability (such as Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix) would count towards Orisa’s damage amplified statistic when using Supercharger  
       
       
       
       
      KNOWN ISSUES
      Overwatch Anniversary
      Some event rewards (Skins, Icons, etc.) aren’t translated into Japanese. We’re working on finishing up these translations. We’ll add these translations in an upcoming release. Workshop
      The in-game link to the Workshop Forum will currently send you to the English, Chinese, or Korean forum, depending on your region. This will be fixed in an upcoming release. Workshop isn’t completely translated into Japanese. We’re working on finishing up the translations. We’ll add these translations in an upcoming release.
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