Lucio from Overwatch fighting against Tracer

If you ever wanted to give Overwatch a try, but you weren't exactly sure if its the type of game you'd even enjoy, you're in luck as Blizzard has just announced a free weekend! From February 16-19, Overwatch will be entirely free-to-play across all three platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

As always, the free weekend will give you access to Overwatch's full roster of 26 heroes and 16 maps, as well as all of the various game modes. You will only be restricted from the competitive mode for obvious reasons, though as a new player you probably don't want to blindly stumble in there anyway. Naturally, any progress you make, and this includes achievements and all of the numerous cosmetic unlocks, will carry over if you ever decide to purchase the full version.

Personally, I would highly recommend you give it a try, even if you have only a mild interest in FPS games. You don't even need to know how to aim well in order to enjoy it as there are plenty of beginner-friendly heroes you can easily pick up and still be helpful to your team. And best of all, the current meta is one of the most diverse and well balanced Overwatch has seen in quite a few months, so it really is the perfect time to give it a try.

You can learn more about the free weekend by heading over to the Overwatch website. And finally, if you're interested in when exactly the free weekend will begin, I'll leave you with this rather handy image that came with the announcement. Have fun, and make sure to give heroes like Genji and Doomfist a try - they're a blast to play!

Overwatch free weekend starting hours for February 16th