Overwatch will be free to play this weekend

All players will be able to take part in the Lunar New Year celebration.

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An Overwatch free weekend event will open up on Feb. 16.

Anyone yet to purchase Overwatch on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One will be able to boot up the game on their respective device and check out the full game—save Competitive Play. Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event, Year of the Dog, is ongoing, and new players will also get to experience everything that comes with the event.

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The Overwatch free weekend will run from Feb. 16 to 19. As always with free weekends, any progress made during the period will transfer over if a player decides to purchase the full game—any loot and levels acquired will stick with an account, given its the same one used for the free event.

All 26 Overwatch heroes and 16 maps will be available for Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players won’t be able to access the game’s competitive modes for either standard play or the new competitive Capture the Flag mode, which is running for the duration of the Year of the Dog event.

Overwatch’s free weekend will begin at 11am PT on Feb. 16. A full launch schedule is available on the Blizzard site, as well as instructions for signing up.

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