The studio is characterizing the free weekend as a new year promotion, even though it’s perhaps a bit late — the event will run from Friday, Jan. 13, through Monday, Jan. 16. It applies to Heroes of the Storm players in all regions, so the free weekend will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and end at 10 a.m. on Monday in whatever time zone you’re located in.
As a free-to-play title, Heroes of the Storm typically offers 10 characters for free in a rotation that changes weekly. Players can pay to unlock permanent access to a hero.
At the moment, a total of 60 heroes are available in the game; the latest, the World of Warcraft troll warlord Zul’jin, debuted last week. More than a quarter of the roster — 16 characters — was released last year, and Blizzard put out a 2016-in-review video at the end of December to recap the year in Heroes of the Storm. You can watch the video below.
One of the biggest updates to Heroes of the Storm came in late October, when Blizzard released a new game mode called Heroes Brawl (formerly known as Arena mode). For more details, check out the Heroes Brawl announcement.