While Overwatch as an IP launched in 2016, it was still a surprise to realize a sequel is on the way when it was announced back in 2019. With the promise of an easy transition to the new installment with a highlight on a single-player PvE experience, fans grew excited for what Blizzard Entertainment has cooking for the game. In October this year, Overwatch 2 officially shipped for all major platforms.
In its first week, the title faced obstacles with DDOS attacks inflicted on the game’s servers. But, players of the original game would not face issues at the very least migrating to the new release. Prior the launch, Blizzard Entertainment emphasized on cross-progression. Additionally, this new game also introduced battle passes – which the developer gave a rundown for ahead of launch.
Recently as part of the Activision Blizzard financial results, the publisher shared that Overwatch 2 welcomed more than 35 million players. It was previously stated 25 million was the milestone for the first week of the game releasing.
October 4 saw the global launch of Overwatch 2, with a free-to-play model designed to allow more people than ever before to experience the acclaimed team-based action game. Over 35 million people played the game in its first month, including many who were new to Overwatch. The expanded community is engaging deeply, with average daily player numbers for the first month of Overwatch 2 more than double that of its acclaimed predecessor.
“Player investment is also off to a strong start, positioning the title to be a meaningful contributor to Blizzard’s business in the fourth quarter. Blizzard is looking forward to delivering an ambitious slate of regular seasonal updates for Overwatch 2 that introduce new characters, maps and modes, including the game’s much-anticipated PvE mode planned for 2023,” the press release goes on to read.
Elsewhere in the same document, it is also unveiled that PC concurrent player numbers also doubled on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II alike Overwatch 2. In that, it is likely to point fingers at the game reintroducing the franchise to Steam. You can read the full report by heading here.
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Overwatch 2 is out now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and Nintendo Switch.