Blizzard has published a new Overwatch blog post to announce that the game will be free to play on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.More news: Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes in Anne Frank's diary
The latest Overwatch developer update with Jef Kaplan has been released ahead of the second anniversary event. Considering everything that will be on the table during the team-based shooter's Anniversary event, it definitely seems like a good time to be an Overwatch fan. Kaplan took that moment to drop the detail about the lofty new player count that includes more than 40 million active players. "And this is a great opportunity for us, the Overwatch team, to celebrate you all and the fantastic things you've done for the game, all the awesome content you've created for the game".More news: Sporting Lisbon's Bas Dost injured by hooded training ground attackers
As seen below in Blizzard's most recent developer update video for Overwatch, game director Jeff Kaplan announces the player milestone and uses it as a segue into revealing a new free-for-all Deathmatch map called Petra, as well as the eventual return of all the title's previous skins, Brawls, and other cosmetics to unlock. "For example, there is a mega-healthpack in the very center of the map in an area that becomes increasingly risky as the match goes on".More news: GOOD BOY! Video shows dog save best friend from drowning in pool
For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 27 heroes and 18 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. There's parts of the map that are great for open, long-range heroes. Past seasonal items will also be available in any loot box earned over the course of the Overwatch Anniversary event.