Overwatch will be free to play next weekend

Is there anyone left in the world who is interested in Overwatch, but hasn't yet tried it? If so, you'll have (another) opportunity to dip your toes in the water next weekend, when it once again goes free for everyone

The free weekend will include all Overwatch heroes, including the Hammer (which is what I'm going to keep calling him until someone makes me stop), and 18 maps in Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Loot boxes will be earned, levels will be upped, and any progress you make will carry over into the full game if you should choose to buy it. 

It's all fairly standard stuff for an Overwatch freebie, with the one exception that this time around it's exclusive to the PC for some reason. You will of course need a BattleNet account to take part in the freebie, which you can pick up here.   

The Overwatch free weekend begins at 11 am PT on July 26 and ends at 11:59 pm PT on July 30. Time zone conversions and other such details are available at playoverwatch.com

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.