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Friday, November 11, 2016

Let's Play Overwatch! - A Guide to Preparing for Overwatch Free Weekend

As Blizzard has aanounced on the Overwatch Blog, there will be free trial period of Overwatch starting on  18 Novembe  at 11 a.m. PT (18:00 UTC) to 21 November at 4:00 p.m. PT (23:00 UTC). So for those eager to try out the moment the timer hits the mark, you CAN, I repeat, are able to download Overwatch prior to the actual starting time of the big event! Here's how:

NOTE: This has been tested on Windows 10

1. Open a new .txt file in the directory(depends on where you installed it).
2. Type " --game=prometheus --install" into the text file.
3. Use "Save as" and save the text file as a .bat file in the same directory(the name of the .bat file does not matter).

Example of the .bat file in the directory.

4. Double-click the .bat file to run it.
5. client will be active and prompt you to install Overwatch.
6. Select the directory you want Overwatch to be installed and let it do its thing.

And huzzah! You're downloading Overwatch even though you haven't purchased it.

This method was sort of a hack to gain access to the game itself during the Beta phase at the time. Not sure if it was just for the files or to try out the game without an invite; apparently it was the latter. 

I have to use this method because, as you can see, the download speed over here is abysmal and downloading Overwatch only on free trial weekend would have leave me with an almost completed Overwatch download AFTER the trial has ended and a sad face. If you're like me or just want to have the game ready to play on day 1 then go for it!

if you're wondering whether this is legal or otherwise, I can't give a assured answer but I believe this is legal as it is through the official client afterall! As for download size of Overwatch, I checked and 7.65GB is the official download size as of 11 November 2016.

May patience be with you and look forward to enjoying Overwatch!