Blizzard has announced that during their latest open beta, over 9.7 million people were playing their new team based shooter Overwatch, making it Blizzard’s largest open beta to date. By the time the beta closed on May 10, participants had played for more than 4.9 billion minutes, or 81 million hours, across more than 37 million matches!
“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 cofounder 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.”
Overwatch lets you choose from twenty one heroes, each with their own unique weapons and abilities, and team up to complete objectives across the globe. Overwatch will release on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One starting May 24, and will be available in English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean (PC only), Japanese (PC and PS4 only), and traditional and simplified Chinese (PC only), and is rated PEGI 12.