Overwatch Open Beta hits 9.7 Million

Posted on May 14, 2016

The Overwatch is done… for now.

The Open Beta, which Blizzard is touting as it’s largest of all time, topped 9.7 million players by the close on May 10 according to a Blizzard press release.

Available across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, players wracked up an impressive 81 million game hours across 37 million matches of intense team-based shooter action. Reviews on social media are generally positive, but eager players will now have to wait till the release of the full title on May 24.

“We’re thrilled that such an incredible number of players from around the globe got a chance to check out Overwatch during the Open Beta,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Our mission was to make sure as many console and PC gamers as possible could experience the full game ahead of its launch—the response was overwhelming, and we hope that everyone had a blast.”

In Overwatch, players choose from a diverse cast of 21 heroes—each with their own unique arsenal of extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities—and team up to complete objectives on battlefields set in locations around the globe. Blizzard’s first-person shooter will arrive in stores on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One starting May 24.

Did you play the beta? What did you think? Will you be buying it when it comes out?

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