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Overwatch will be free-to-play on all platforms next weekend


In a move that’ll make next weekend’s choice of shooter even more complicated, Blizzard has announced that Overwatch will be free to play on the weekend of 18 November.

“From November 18–21, we’re putting out the call to any prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!,” announced Blizzard on its Play Overwatch blog.

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“For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch‘s full roster of 22 heroes and 13 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl.”

Overwatch will be free to play for a limited time next weekend

Blizzard’s also allowing users to level up characters, apply customisations and earn loot boxes.

Gamers who buy the game after the free period will also keep these earned bonuses, provided they log in again using their previous credentials. Users will also need a account, PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live subscriptions to play the game.

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For South Africans, the free period begins at 8pm SAST on 18 November, and will run until 1am SAST on 22 November.

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