You can check out Overwatch for free this weekend on Xbox One

If you haven't yet had a chance to check out Blizzard's excellent new FPS franchise, Overwatch, this is your lucky weekend. The game will be free to play this weekend only, giving Xbox One gamers a chance to check it out from through September 12.

Things kick off at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) today, September 9, and all you need to play on Xbox One is an active Xbox Live Gold. As for what you'll get to try, it looks like you'll have access to everything that owners of the game have access to. According to the Overwatch blog, that includes the full slate of heroes, all maps, the weekly brawl and much more. You'll also be able to level up and earn loot boxes, and all of your progress will be saved should you decide to buy the game afterwards (opens in new tab).

Are you planning to give Overwatch a go this weekend? Let us know in the comments what you're looking forward to trying most!

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  • Cool, I got work for the whole weekend. Can't play even a bit.
  • Double post.
  • Hmmm... I like trying before I buy, It's why I have EA Access, do you hear me Respawn?!
  • Finally. Hope I can finish downloading it before the weekend ends. I really want to test the ping I'll get on EU servers from here in Southern Africa.
  • I do feel sorry for you guys. It took just 25 mins to download and start playing for me in the uk.
  • The article said check it out "from through September 12". From when?
  • Things kick off at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) today, September 9 reading is fundamental
  • Harambe dat you?
  • This was advertised in Australia too, on some major F2A channels, & some Cable ones IIRC.
  • Ok so I own the game and a gold user but there are a few out there that would ask if it's free for silver users? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android