Overwatch is free-to-play over the festive period

by John Stapel

If you somehow still haven't gotten round to giving Overwatch a try, now's the perfect time to do so. The game's currently free-to-play until January 2, letting you dip your toe into the hero shooter waters.

The free trial is unrestricted—you can access the full roster of characters and modes, play, level up and collect loot boxes like everyone else. If you get hooked and decide to buy the game, any progress you've made will carry over from the trial as long as you're using the same Blizzard account. Overwatch has just kicked off its Winter Wonderland event too, so you'll be able to play through the weekly challenges and nab some new outfits for Tracer, Symmetra and Zarya. 

I got back into Overwatch in a big way earlier this year, sinking a ton of time into it with my friends. I'm not much of a shooter gal, but I've always enjoyed how accessible Overwatch feels to genre newbies. With Overwatch 2 suffering delays and development troubles—exacerbated by the horrific Activision-Blizzard allegations which led them to rename a key character—we'll likely see the original kicking around for quite a bit longer. 

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