Blizzard Entertainment’s futuristic team-based shooter launches on
PS4™, Xbox One, and PC starting May 24
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#overwatch–Blizzard Entertainment today announced that more than 9.7 million
players around the world played its upcoming team-based shooter Overwatch®
during the Open Beta for PlayStation®4 computer
entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows® PC, making it
Blizzard’s biggest open beta ever. By the time the Open Beta came to a
close on May 10, participants had joined forces for more than 4.9
billion minutes (over 81 million hours) across more than 37
million matches of intense competitive action, incredible teamwork,
and all-out fun.
“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.”
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. Heroes from around the world can join the
coming conflict by pre-purchasing Overwatch today at www.playoverwatch.com/buy.
Overwatch will be available in English, Latin American Spanish,
Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish,
Russian, Korean (PC only), Japanese (PC and PS4™ system only), and
traditional and simplified Chinese (PC only). Overwatch has been
rated T for Teen by the ESRB.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®
and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes nineteen #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year
awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the
largest in the world, with millions of active players.
*Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.
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