Blizzard’s popular Overwatch free on Nintendo Switch

The first one is always free

There’s an old saying on the schoolyard, in downtown jazz clubs, and at the Costco sample table that goes something like this: “The first one’s free.” As anyone who’s ever tried to kick a stubborn habit knows, the best things in life don’t necessarily come totally without some kind of hidden cost. But don’t let that stop you if you’re an Overwatch fan. Because for one week—October 13 to 21—Blizzard’s wildly popular first-person shooter Overwatch is being offered up no charge for Nintendo Switch fans.

The fact that Overwatch is available on the Switch isn’t news. Released a year ago, the title became an instant hit, racking up millions of paid downloads. Advantages to playing on the Switch include things like gyro-aiming.

The good news this week for those who want to go the free-trial route include the fact that users will be able to transfer their saved data should they decide to purchase the game.

Things to keep in mind include the storage you will require on the Switch. You’re going to need at least 12 GB of space. Overwatch: Legendary Edition will run US$40 should you decide to pony up after the trial. Included in the offer are five Legendary hero skins, five Epic hero skins, and five Origin hero.

First person shooter Overwatch popular

Looking down the road, Blizzard isn’t done with Overwatch. The company continues to develop Overwatch 2 with no word of an official release date available.

Can’t wait for the official free trial? Pre-download Overwatch here, and then get ready to sit by the Switch when the gates open at 11 a.m. PST on October 13. The offer closes at October 21 at 11:59 a.m.

By that time you should be hooked on the first-person shooter Overwatch. And asking yourself how in the heck your forgot that, while the first one is always free, the bill always comes due a little further down the line.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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