Overwatch will be free to play for a weekend


Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan was featured in the video and started by discussing the upcoming anniversary event. Now, though, it looks as if the company has even more reason to commemorate the occasion, as Blizzard recently announced that the game has surpassed more than 40 million players since launch. Without a doubt, this constant attention to details in the most recent patch and those before it have assisted in giving the game a solid reputation among fans, leading to its huge player base. The brand new map, Petra, is introduced along with a new competitive mode, featuring placement matches, skill rating tiers, and leaderboards.

"Petra is handsome", Kaplan said during Wednesday's Developer Update video. For example, there is a mega health pack in the very center of the map in an area that becomes increasingly unsafe as the match goes on. "We think you'll find that very fun".

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"There's parts of the map that are great for open, long-range heroes, there's parts of the map that are great for short-ranged heroes". Kaplan also hinted at a certain "dapper gentleman" (McCree?) getting some type of formalwear skin, and it's a safe bet that the new heroes introduced in the a year ago - Doomfist, Moira, and Brigitte - will be getting some love as well. "There's a lot of diversity, and we think you'll find it super, super fun". Players will also be able to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options for their heroes. And beyond new anniversary skins, players can look forward to a whole new free-for-all Deathmatch map called Petra.

Overwatch is set for its 2-year anniversary next week.