Overwatch has taken just over a week since its launch to bolster its player-base to 7 million, Blizzard has revealed. Together, the players have clocked in well-over 120 million gameplay hours.
“Over the months and weeks leading up to release we saw a lot of love and support for Overwatch—from Blizzard gamers, FPS fans, and people who’d never picked up a game like this before—and we’re very grateful for everyone’s incredible passion and enthusiasm,” said Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime.
He further added that the development team worked really hard to create the Overwatch universe; a prime focus being on “fun”. The successful launch of Overwatch confirms that those aspects were very well executed by the developers. Morhaime teased the upcoming competitive mode for the game, as well as promised to deliver new content in the coming days.
A game reaching 7 million registered players is certainly a feat of strength. However, it must be taken into account that Overwatch attracted 9.7 million participants across all three platforms during its beta run. Considering those numbers, the 7-million figure falls rather short. However, the player-base of Overwatch is growing rather quickly and it’s likely that we’ll be seeing the population reach 10 million this year.
Overwatch was released on May 24 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Blizzard’s new IP in over a decade has already taken the internet by storm, with comics, fan art, gameplay videos, and such being shared like wildfire. The quirky, beautiful, and extremely fun first-person team shooter has also gained a cult following during this launch week. All of that says a lot about the powerful new IP that Blizzard has managed to create.