Play Overwatch for free next weekend

Play Overwatch for free next weekend

Blizzard's Overwatch is no different, with director Jeff Kaplan admitting that the game's development has been slowed down because of the behaviour. Although they aren't flawless, it's a step in the right direction and Kaplan says that they've already taken action against over 480,000 players since the game's launch previous year.

Kaplan said that 480,000 accounts had had action taken against them, with 340,000 of these being the result of player reports.

If you've ever played games online, then you've no doubt experienced players who behave in a toxic manner. But because people seem to lack self-control or because people like to abuse anonymity and free speech we're put in a position of spending a tremendous amount of our time and resources policing the community. It seems Kaplan and his team have finally had enough and have chose to give players a talking to. Take note, though, that the free play isn't this weekend, but the next one after.

"There's not going to be a moment where we have a magic patch in Overwatch that makes bad behavior go away, but it's a continual process that we are very dedicated to fixing and improving", he said.

This mentality is, I would wager, part of the reason things were able to get so bad in the first place.

"We want to make new maps, we want to make new heroes, we want to make animated shorts", he said. "It was the same people who work on both, and who got rerouted to work on the other", he continued.

In between playing and discussing the current Overwatch meta with IGN's James Duggan, Kaplan found time to talk about its future. If you enjoy your time and decide to take the plunge, all of your progress will carry over to the full version of the game. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this may just be the project to revitalize lapsed or disheartened gamers' interest in the medium, or the one to bring new players onboard the FPS wagon. If they do, everyone will win with more content in the long run.

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