May 23, 2018

Overwatch Free Weekend May 25-28 & Anniversary Celebration

16 May 2018, 03:30 | Marlene Myers

Overwatch Overwatch – Achievement Unlocked image Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch						Overwatch – Achievement Unlocked										image Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch has achieved an impressive feat: the game now has more than 40 million players, game director Jeff Kaplan revealed in a developer update today.

Overwatch is ready to celebrate its two-year anniversary this month. Kaplan took that moment to drop the detail about the lofty new player count that includes more than 40 million active players. And beyond new anniversary skins, players can look forward to a whole new free-for-all Deathmatch map called Petra.

"Petra is lovely. There are some really fun gameplay elements to it as well", Kaplan continued.

The new edition comes at a ideal time for new players considering picking up the game.

Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch Director, highlighted that the new deathmatch map, Petra will focus on a having a mega health pack in the middle of the map and an area that will become increasingly more unsafe as the game goes on. The Overwatch free weekend will be running from May 25 through May 28.

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Kaplan also added that the map will be a fine fit for different types of heroes as well be them long-range ones or those that prefer to be up close in the fights.

Petra's release will coincide with the first free-for-all competitive Deathmatch season.

The brand new anniversary loot box will not only feature content from the new anniversary event, but will also allow players to pick up items from any of the previous events. Additionally, the event will bring back all seasonal cosmetic items, as well as some past seasonal brawls.

The Legendary Edition will be released on May 22nd, the same date as the Anniversary in-game event begins.

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