Blizzard Entertainment has made a free trial of its hit team-based competitive hero shooter Overwatch available from now until January 4, 2021. The free trial is available on all platforms and allows players to play all of the PvP gamemodes that are available in the full game, including Payload, Capture Point, Hybrid (a mix of both of these objectives), and Control Point (Overwatch’s version of king of the hill). In Overwatch, two teams of six players battle with one another over objectives and each player picks a hero to play as. Notably, if you plan on playing on PC, you’ll need to make an account for Battle.net, which is Blizzard’s game distribution platform.
While we highly recommend the full Overwatch experience, it may be better to wait for Overwatch 2 to come out. This is because Overwatch 2 will include everything that the first game gives access to, while also adding in a story mode and PvE content to the mix. Currently, it’s not known when Overwatch 2 will release, but many are speculating that we’ll see it come out in 2021. We know for sure that we’ll get some Overwatch 2 news during BlizzConline in February 2021, so hopefully we’ll get a release date then. For more on Overwatch 2, don’t miss our guide to the differences between Overwatch and Overwatch 2.
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Overwatch is available now on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Windows 10 PCs for $60 MSRP, although the price often fluctuates based on sales and other factors. We highly recommend it, as it’s one of the best Xbox One shooters.
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