No matter how you cut it surveillance 2 is an overwhelming success. Yes, the start was terrible. Yes, no matter where you look, people are bitching about the Battle Pass or monetization. Yes, people are even demanding the return of loot boxes. But – despite all that and the negative sentiment across all of the game’s social media platforms – the game has still attracted 35 million people since launch.
Official numbers from a Blizzard investor call have confirmed that Overwatch 2 is even more popular than the original, with the much-maligned sequel pulling more players into the melee within its first 30 days of sales than Overwatch did in 2016.
“Over 35 million people played the game in its first month, including many who were new to Overwatch,” Blizzard says in its report. “The extended community is deeply engaged, with average daily player counts in Overwatch 2’s first month more than double those of its acclaimed predecessor.”
So within a month Overwatch 2 has attracted 35 million players – The original game only achieved 15 million conversions in the same amount of time.
The difference, of course, is that the new game is free to play. There is no expected expense for you to download the game now; You can get it for free on the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop or on your PC. Blizzard makes up for the lack of shelf price with premium in-game cosmetics and a Battle Pass – keeping new characters away from players who don’t shell out.
But these new characters are perhaps one of the reasons for the game’s popularity. People are really into Kiriko, and the upcoming Ramattra has piqued the curiosity of the player base as well. By enticing players into buying premium content by keeping the new heroes out of reach, Blizzard seems to be on to something – much to the chagrin of the community.
While you’ll likely see people bemoaning the multiplayer game’s tactics when it comes to pulling the cash out of your wallet, you can’t deny Overwatch’s magnetic power. The sequel has drawn in more than twice as many people as the original game in the same amount of time – and Blizzard clearly has no plans to slow things down.
“Blizzard is excited to deliver an ambitious list of regular seasonal updates for Overwatch 2, introducing new characters, maps and modes, including the game’s highly anticipated PvE mode slated for 2023,” the report continues.
Let’s just hope the publisher takes player feedback into account and moves the monetization wheel around a bit as the game ages.
https://www.vg247.com/no-one-can-stop-playing-overwatch-2 Everyone is complaining about Overwatch 2 monetization, but nobody can stop playing it