Blizzard issued a press release late last night, revealing that more than 7 million players had purchased Overwatch since the game was released on 24th May.
Collectively, those players have amassed a whopping 119 million hours of gameplay between them, swapped Heroes 326 million times, and delivered a not inconsiderable 11 million Payloads. Well done all of us.
Here's the complete press release for your perusal.
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)- The world needs heroes, and citizens from London to Xi’an to Rio de Janeiro are rising to the occasion to join the ranks of Overwatch! Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed team shooter launched worldwide on PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on May 24, and since then more than 7 million players have fought for the future in Overwatch, logging more than 119 million hours combined in one of the most successful global game launches of all time—and the battle is just getting started.*
“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 Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We poured a lot of effort into creating a game - and a new universe - that anyone could enjoy. We’re ecstatic to have had such a successful launch, and we’re looking forward to all of the fun, competition, and new content still to come.”
Since launch, players have swapped heroes 326 million times and teamed up to deliver 11 million payloads to their destinations on the battlefields of tomorrow. In addition to being a smash with players around the world, Overwatch is a critical hit, and is one of the best-reviewed games of the year. GameSpot has called Overwatch “something spectacular,” while Forbes wrote that “Overwatch, quite simply, is a miracle” and that it’s “a game for everyone.” According to Game Informer, “Overwatch is an amazing experience,” concluding in its 10-out-of-10 review that “things will never be the same.”
*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.