Overwatch is free-to-play until December 4 as part of Blizzard's Black Friday sale

Polycount

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Overwatch is the gift that keeps on giving. Like many live service games of its ilk, Blizzard's popular hero-based FPS receives continuous content updates over time, which usually add new maps, heroes, and cosmetic content -- all playable or obtainable at no cost (beyond the price of the base game).

If you haven't had the ability or inclination to hop onto the Overwatch train just yet, now is the perfect time to do so. As part of its ongoing Black Friday sale, Blizzard has taken Overwatch free-to-play for a little over a week. The F2P event started yesterday (November 26) and it ends on December 4, so you have a full eight days left to try the game and decide whether or not it's worth your money.

To be clear, this event is only free-to-play, not free-to-keep. Once it's over, you will lose access to the game unless you purchase it. If you do enjoy your time in the Overwatch universe and decide to take the leap, the base game (normally $20) is on sale for $15, and the Legendary Edition ($40) has been discounted to $20. Sadly, the price of loot boxes has remained unchanged for now.

Getting into Overwatch now will give you instant access to 31 playable heroes, ranging from seasoned snipers and dwarven engineers all the way to giant, intelligent gorillas and hamsters. Each hero has their own unique set of abilities, as well as a personalized backstory (not to mention a plethora of cinematics that expand upon their individual lore).

If the recent announcement of Overwatch 2 has deterred you from getting too invested in the original game, don't fret too much. All of your skins and other cosmetics will carry over to the sequel when it launches, and the game will feature crossplay with its predecessor in competitive game modes.

To download Overwatch for free, simply sign up for a Battle.net account if you don't have one already, download the dedicated client, install Overwatch, and start playing. The game's cartoony graphics won't put much strain on your system, so even weaker PCs should be able to run it. Further, it will only eat up about 30 gigs of storage space; a far cry from the 100GB+ download sizes several modern games demand nowadays.

For more details on Blizzard's Black Friday event (ending December 2), visit the company's official announcement post here.

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treetops

TS Evangelist
As silly as it might sound when plants vs zombies modern warfare came out years before OW, it was kind of like overwatch, but with way more players, modes, ai, skill sets, character customization, earnables, objectives, leveling and a openish world. Gardens & Graveyards mode pvz1 makes OW look like a turd. As the kids say, basic.
 

Evernessince

地獄らしい人間動物園
As silly as it might sound when plants vs zombies modern warfare came out years before OW, it was kind of like overwatch, but with way more players, modes, ai, skill sets, character customization, earnables, objectives, leveling and a openish world. Gardens & Graveyards mode pvz1 makes OW look like a turd. As the kids say, basic.
No thanks. Either you charge for the game or you charge for a subscription to play it. Not both. Once again, get knotted Blizzard.
It's comments like these that reiterate that at least 50% of commenters have zero actual experience with what they are commenting on. Ah the internet.
 
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ZedRM

TS Enthusiast
It's comments like these that reiterate that at least 50% of commenters have zero actual experience with what they are commenting on. Ah the internet.
That would be an assumption on your part. Used to play WOW. I always resented having to pay for the game, the expansions and then having to pay for monthly priviledge to play it all. When I finally decided to toss it all in the bin, no regrets. Not one, not once. I promised myself that I would never again pay for a game, and then pay to play it. It's a crap business model, predatory and vile.
 

Evernessince

地獄らしい人間動物園
That would be an assumption on your part. Used to play WOW. I always resented having to pay for the game, the expansions and then having to pay for monthly priviledge to play it all. When I finally decided to toss it all in the bin, no regrets. Not one, not once. I promised myself that I would never again pay for a game, and then pay to play it. It's a crap business model, predatory and vile.
1. This article is about overwatch

2. Overwatch does not have a subscription

Either

A) you are off topic

B) you have no idea what you are talking about

Pick one.
 

ZedRM

TS Enthusiast
1. This article is about overwatch

2. Overwatch does not have a subscription

Either

A) you are off topic

B) you have no idea what you are talking about

Pick one.
It has loot-boxes and micro-transactions which fall under the same level of offensiveness in my book.
 

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