Overwatch surpasses 35m players

Overwatch surpasses 35m players

Blizzard’s team-based hero shooter Overwatch has passed another huge milestone.

The developer and publisher has revealed that the colour online title has been played by 35m people. It isn’t clear what is meant by ‘players’ here; i.e. copies sold or accounts registered. But either way, it’s a sizeable feat for the online shooter.

Overwatch launched in May 2016. Its success is in part due to the team at Blizzard constantly updating it with new characters and maps, as well as having seasonal content. The team has just kicked off its Halloween Terror campaign, which runs until November 1st.

As if that wealth of content wasn’t enough, there are reports that Blizzard is working on a brand new project set in the Overwatch universe.

It’s a miracle that Blizzard adds anything new to Overwatch, given how much time the development team spends dealing with negative and toxic elements of its community. With this rising within Overwatch’s fanbase, game director Jeff Kaplan has had to speak out highlighting just how ‘scary and intimidating’ dealing with some elements of the Overwatch community can be.

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