Overwatch, one of Blizzard’s famous online multiplayer titles, will be free to play until next year, January 4. In spite of being launched way back in 2016, the game has been inside gaming news a bit lately. It even got a surprise new map just a few weeks ago. The new map, called Kanezaka, is located just below the current Hanamura map. The game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, stated that fans can even look up and see Hanamura’s castle. Aside from this, there are supposedly some easter eggs associated with Overwatch 2 hiding in the new map.
On top of this, there has been a healthy number of conjectures surrounding its much-awaited sequel, Overwatch 2. It was originally announced during last year’s BlizzCon, and not much information was revealed since the event.
In the same trailer in which Kanezaka was revealed, Kaplan stated he understands that there has been a scarcity of Overwatch 2 update. However, he also mentioned that players will learn more about the upcoming game in February’s BlizzCon 2021.
Meanwhile, Overwatch is going to be offered as a free to play title until January 4, 2021, as a free trial. Gamers who want to try the game can play as much Overwatch as they want totally free of charge until the aforementioned January deadline.
In addition, the game is also on sale on the official website of Blizzard at 25% off. It was originally $20, but now fans can buy it for just $15. Overwatch: Legendary Edition is also on sale on the same website, but for an even larger discount at 50% off. It was initially sold at $40, but now players can buy it for $20.
This is a clever move on the developer’s part as lower prices and a free trial of the original Overwatch will certainly generate hype for its sequel without Blizzard being compelled to pay for promotion with the title itself apparently far from launch.
Video gaming enthusiasts who haven’t been able to try Overwatch can do so now for free, so if they are interested, it’s certainly worth playing it now. Even if fans don’t want to shed extra bucks on the discounted versions, it will be fun to play the game for free for the next couple of days.
It’s also clever for the developer to have a more considerable discount for Overwatch: Legendary Edition. The company possibly imagines that players will want to take advantage of this time-limited sale if they have been planning to get Overwatch.
By only paying an extra $5, fans can secure themselves on additional content, and Blizzard totally understands this incentive. While players are still waiting for Overwatch 2 and the original game’s new map to launch, it’s definitely worth trying out this free trial. Some players may even end up buying the full game if they have a good experience during the trial period.