Overwatch has surpassed 40 million players

Overwatch free weekend anniversary

Lead designer Jeff Kaplan and his merry crew have released a new developer update in which they reveal that Overwatch has now been played by over 40 million people, meaning that the number has increased by five million since last October.

With Overwatch's two-year anniversary coming up, Blizzard and the Overwatch team are celebrating with an in-game event and a Free Weekend, playable on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

"It is super exciting for us, we now have over 40 million players, which is fantastic", Kaplan said. "We think you'll find that very fun". Without a doubt, this constant attention to details in the most recent patch and those before it have assisted in giving the game a solid reputation among fans, leading to its huge player base.

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"There's parts of the map that are great for open, long-range heroes, there's parts of the map that are great for short-ranged heroes".

Kaplan then moved on to discussing the new Overwatch map that Deathmatch players will get, a free-for-all map called Petra. "There's a lot of diversity, and we think you'll find it super, super fun". The developer update highlights, new free-for-all deathmatch map: PETRA, free-for-all competitive deathmatch season, a free Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, new Anniversary cosmetics and more. Past seasonal items will also be available in any loot box earned over the course of the Overwatch Anniversary event. This will contain one guaranteed Anniversary item, as well as a random item from any previous Overwatch event.

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