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Blizzard Will Mark the Overwatch League Finals with a Free Overwatch Weekend

Published: 20/Jul/2018 2:27 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch will be getting a free weekend to celebrate the Overwatch League grand finals.

The game will be free on PC from July 26-30, with all modes except competitive play available to new players trying out the game.

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Those that subsequently purchase the full game will keep all of their progress, including any skins and other cosmetics unlocked.

There’s nothing like watching great players to inspire fans to play the game, and with Blizzard introducing the Overwatch League to new audiences with their recent television broadcast rights deal, any new viewers enthralled by the grand finals on July 27-28 – which is set to be the greatest spectacle of professional Overwatch to date – will be able to immediately try out the game for free.

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The free weekend also comes on the heels of the next new hero release, Wrecking Ball, who is set to reach the live servers on July 24. Players trying the game out on the free weekend will get to experience the game’s most ridiculous hero to date – a battle-mech piloted by Hammond the hamster, whose kit focuses largely on rolling or swinging around to smash into enemies.

The free period kicks off at 11:00am PDT on Thursday July 26 and runs until 11:59pm PDT on Monday July 30. The free weekend is only available on PC, and only to players in the Americas, Europe, and Asia gameplay regions.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.