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Overwatch is Free to Play This Weekend

Published: 24/Aug/2018 20:19 Updated: 24/Aug/2018 20:23

by Vincent Genova


Blizzard has announced that Overwatch will be completely free to play from August 23 to 27.

The offer applies to every platform, including consoles and PC.

Overwatch will be free in every region on console, but will require an Xbox Live or Playstation Plus membership to play.

PC users can play without needing any additional membership, however the Overwatch free weekend will only be available in the Americas, Europe and Asian Blizzard gameplay regions. The promotion will not be available in Korea, even though it is part of the Asian region.

The free weekend will include the full experience of Overwatch, with every map and mode available in Quick Play, Arcade, Custom Games and Play vs AI.

The Competitive playlist, which contains the same content as Quick Play but includes a ranking system, will not be available to free weekend users. The Comp playlist is only available in the standard game after hours of gameplay and requires a level 25 account to play.

If you decide to purchase the game, all progress made during the free weekend will carry over.

Stats, progression and all skins and loot earned will stay with your account, provided you purchase the game on the same account you played the trial on. For example, progress will not transfer between Xbox and PS4, or PC and console.

The Overwatch free weekend is available now and will run until August 27 at 11:59 PM PDT.


New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.