Overwatch soars past 25 million players, still no one on the payload

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Overwatch soars past 25 million players

Considering it was born from the failure of an MMO, I think even Blizzard is a little fascinated by just how well the world has taken to Overwatch. In November of last year the developer celebrated 20 million registered players, and it’s taken less than two months to increase that figure by a quarter. Yesterday, Blizzard welcomed the 25th million player into their class-based shooter world, celebrating their success with a post on social media.

Overwatch’s previous 20 million record set a new bar for the developer, with it being the fastest growing game the studio has put out to date. It doesn’t necessarily translate to the number of copies the game has sold (which must be close, if not even more given some players choose to purchase multiple copies), but any game with this number of registered players is clearly doing something very right.

A lot of that has to do with the support Blizzard has fed into the game, which start and stop with the many free events that have made their way into the game over the past year. Right now Blizzard is hosting the Year of the Rooster, which adds new seasonal loot boxes to the game along with a brand new Capture the Flag mode. A few weeks ago there was the Christmas Event, and a few weeks prior Blizzard included another new game mode with their Halloween special. That sort of post-launch support comes few and far between, but it’s working in Blizzard’s favour.

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It also helps that the game is constantly being tweaked to help shift the meta, that goes hand in hand with a polished, well-rounded package that still captivates players despite having only two (now three!) game modes. Overwatch will likely continue to soar through 2017, and Blizzard already have plans to address characters like Bastion in the near future. No matter which way you cut it, Blizzard have that Midas touch.

Last Updated: January 27, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • Ricardo Harvey

    It really helps that they ran some great specials on it over the last 2 months.

  • Hammersteyn

    I played for the first time in about six months. One of the best MP games ever

  • Admiral Chief

    Junkrat is mah boyyyyyyyyyyy

    • Hammersteyn

      Reaper all the way

      • Dutch Matrix

        I’m in love with Tracer!

        • Hammersteyn

          Mei is my bae

    • Dresden

      Luccio commin’ at ya!

    • my daughter is so disappointed in me that I use Junkrat… Junkrat is awesome

      • Admiral Chief

        Almost every match that I play him, I get play of the game.

        Also, that schneaky trap/mine at the front of a spawn is always a lol

      • Deceased

        Your daughter is right – you should be ashamed 🙁

  • This headline tho <3

    • Everyone is still playing free for all in the hallways!

    • GET ON THE GOD DAMN PAYLOAD

      • Dresden

        “Ok I’m on my… ooooh look a low health Tracer!”
        Proceeds to chase for a few minutes and dies eventually…

  • Dutch Matrix

    Question: If I start playing Overwatch this weekend, what are the odds of me actually being any good? Or will I end up getting shot in the face. A lot?

    • PurplePariah

      Well with the next patch you won’t get teabagged at least.

      • Hammersteyn

        People are so sensitive 🙁

    • Hammersteyn

      Overwatch only really requires skill when you play the season portion. Most of the other parts of the game is fun, real fun. You can totally play with randoms and the matchmaking works really well. Also you and randoms can play against one of three levels of AI. Easy, medium and hard with the first two being laughably easy. The trick is to learn how each Hero works, but again. That takes a couple of hours or so

      • Dresden

        Even the target practice range is underrated. I’ve learned the basic mechanics and some more intricate stuff of many chars there relatively quickly.

        • Hammersteyn

          Had to do the same yesterday with Sombra XD

    • nah their ranking system is great.. you will play placement matches and be ranked where you belong…

      • Dutch Matrix

        Oh Good! Maybe I’ll get it this weekend!

  • Dresden
  • Sageville

    Zenyatta4Lyf

  • Deceased

    Can we vote this title of the week or something?

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