Blizzard has announced that they’ll be opening up the complete Overwatch roster this upcoming weekend, 18-21 November 2016.
“Attention, recruits! If you haven’t already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of Overwatch’s heroes, now’s your chance.”
Owners of a PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One will be able to enjoy the game for free this weekend simply by signing up for a Blizzard account and downloading the game. No special keys or sign-up codes needed. For PS4 and Xbox One owners, they’ll need PlayStation Plus, or Xbox Live Gold memberships, respectively. The free-to-play weekend includes the “full roster of heroes, maps, and a selection of features—including Quick Play, Custom Games, Loot Boxes, and Weekly Brawls.”
The game will unlock at specific times in the various regions, South Africa falling within the European regions. For more information, and full instructions, please visit the official Overwatch blog post for the details.
Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released in May 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Overwatch is set sixty years into the future of a fictionalized Earth, thirty years after the resolution of the “Omnic Crisis”. Prior the Omnic Crisis, humanity had been in a golden age of prosperity and technology development. Humans developed robots with artificial intelligence called “Omnics”, which were produced world-wide in automated “omnium” facilities and put to use to achieve economic equality. The Omnic Crisis began when the omniums started producing a series of lethal, hostile robots, which turned against humankind. The United Nations quickly formed Overwatch, an international task force to combat the omnic threat and restore order.