Blizzard, the developers behind such awesome video game titles as World of Warcraft and Diablo III, have dipped their hands into the FPS pool with their newest game Overwatch.
Overwatch is a "hero-shooter" featuring a variety of different heroes, each with their own weapons and abilities. These heroes are sectioned into four different kinds of classes: offense, defense, tank, and support. While there are some I enjoy playing with more than others, every hero in Overwatch's arsenal is incredibly fun to control!
Overwatch will be available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 24. Luckily, a few players experienced the game before its release, thanks to an open beta released by Blizzard across all consoles and PC. Well, I suppose "a few" is a bit of an understatement.
People REALLY Loved The Overwatch Beta!
The Overwatch beta lasted May 5-10, a whole week for players to test out the game and see if they liked it. Players were given the chance to pick from the full Overwatch character roster, from game icon Tracer to explosive-expert Junkrat!
I'll admit, when I first heard about Overwatch, despite the awesome Pixar-esque first trailer, I wasn't entirely sold. A lot of my disinterest in Overwatch came from the fact that the FPS genre was beginning to bore me, and even though the trailer looked cool, it didn't really show me how different this game was from other FPS games.
Man, was I wrong! After logging into the beta on May 5, just to give it a try (it was free after all), I can honestly say that I've put in more than a hundred hours into this game! Once I got the hang of the game, I couldn't stop playing it. Everything, from the visuals, to the gameplay, to the many wonderful and different characters that you could select from made Overwatch an A+ game in my book! And if recent news is any indication, my opinion is shared by many, MANY people.
The official Overwatch Twitter sent out a tweet on May 12, thanking every player for participating in the open beta. How many players did they have to thank? 9.7 MILLION! Yeah, over 9 million people across the PS4, Xbox One, and PC logged in and played the Overwatch beta! That's insane!
I don't think anyone was expecting Overwatch to get these results. Not that it looked like a bad game, its animation alone is enough to pull you in. But an arena-style hero-shooter getting these kinds of results for a beta? It's absolutely incredible!
To put into perspective just how wild these results are, here are five HUGE game betas that Overwatch's put to shame!
Destiny, the open-world first-person-shooter from the original creators of Halo! This game was on everyone's most-anticipated list in 2014, with gamers everywhere excited to get their hands on this awesome RPG/FPS fusion!
Unfortunately, the game didn't do as well as expected when it released, but that doesn't mean its beta was ignored. When the Destiny open beta released, 4.6 million people participated in it! A large amount, but 5 million players short of Overwatch's beta numbers.
2. Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline is, as you might have guessed from the title, a part of the Battlefield franchise. This entry into the series took players out of the warzone, and into the city streets. Instead of playing as soldiers, you were either a member of the police squad, or a criminal, making Battlefield Hardline a really intense game of "Cops N' Robbers"!
It was a risky move to change the Battlefield formula so much, but arguably, it worked. A ton of people purchased Battlefield Hardline, whilst 7 million people played the beta.
3. The Division
Oh The Division. Like Destiny, this was a game on everyone's wishlist, but it too fell short upon release. It was mainly because of how unpolished the game was. Full of game-breaking bugs and exploits that gave hack-savvy players tons of unfair advantages, The Division was just a mess. Ubisoft really made a couple of errors with this one.
Of course, that didn't stop a ton of gamers from participating in the beta. After the beta ended, Ubisoft revealed that 6.4 million players logged into to experience the post-apocalyptic wasteland that was The Division.
4. Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront, the sequel/reboot to the original game series of the same name. EA may not have done the best job with this next-gen Star Wars game, but it was still a NEXT-GEN STAR WARS GAME! So obviously, it sold millions of copies.
Not only that, but the Battlefront beta was played by 9.5 million players when it came out. That makes Battlefront the only game on this list to be super close to Overwatch's numbers. Not entirely surprising since, as I said, STAR WARS!
Battleborn is another recent FPS hero-shooter, like Overwatch. However, Battleborn has a lot of MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) elements to it as well. These elements combined make an awesome and fresh gameplay blend.
I played the Battleborn beta, and loved it, although I have to say that I love Overwatch just a bit more. Of course, I only prefer Overwatch by a tiny bit, both games are still very close to my heart. Which is why it surprises me that not only is Battleborn met with a "eh, it's okay" response, but also only 2 million people participated in the beta. Not a small amount sure, but I honestly expected it be a lot more.
So What Does This Mean For Overwatch?
Beta numbers aren't a representation of how many people are going to buy the game, but you can usually tell how well a game will be received based on how many people played the beta.
A lot of games, like the ones on this list, have sold millions of copies, and their betas were also coincidentally well-received. Overwatch having 9.7 million players in its beta doesn't mean the game will sell a lot, especially considering that it came out the same month as other huge games like Uncharted 4 and Doom.
However, the fact that Overwatch broke such a huge record is certainly something to be noted, and judging by the positive feedback from the beta, it's safe to say that the game will definitely see large sales upon release. Plus, it's Blizzard, these guys practically have the recipe for success down! It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Overwatch sell millions of copies very quickly. I mean, I've already bought mine!
Thanks For Reading!
Did you play the Overwatch beta? Did you enjoy it?