An Overwatch free weekend is on the way

If you've been waiting for an opportunity to take Overwatch for a spin to see if it's your thing, you should probably mark November 18 on your calendar. Beginning then and running until November 21, Blizzard is making the game free to play for everyone. 

The free-play period will give players access to all 22 Overwatch heroes, 13 maps, and the Quick Play, Vs. AI, Custom Game, and Weekly Brawl game modes. Loot Boxes, leveling, and unlocks will all work as they normally do during the free weekend, and players who opt to purchase the game once it's over will retain any rewards and progress they've earned, as long as they do so using the same account. 

The free weekend will start at precisely (or at least, reasonably near to)11 am PT/2 pm ET on November 18. To get in on the action, you'll need to download the client, and then Overwatch itself, which clocks in at a not-insubstantial 12GB—you might want to give yourself a little lead-time on that. Full details (although there's really not much more to it—Overwatch is free for a few days, so grab it and have fun!) are up at  

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.