The Overwatch beta which caused a ruckus among the Yanks, Franks and the Rooski’s after ending, was a lot bigger than what anyone might have expected. In fact, it was so big that some of the most prolific beta tests of the recent times came nowhere near its 9.7 million users!
Remember the Destiny beta testing phase which was lauded for bringing in so many players at once? Well, Bungie had allowed about 4.6 million players in, which is not even half of what Blizzard Entertainment did.
If you thought that as big, even the 6.4 million beta testers that were brought into the fold of Tom Clancy’s The Division by Ubisoft were millions less than the upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter we have come to love.
Last but not the least, Star Wars Battlefront beta has been talked about the most lately and regarded as one of the biggest (if not the biggest) beta testing sessions a video game has ever had.
With Battlefront EA took a bold step and allowed 9.5 million users in on the beta. And that too was not a new IP, this is highly important because Overwatch is a new IP and yet the Overwatch beta has managed to attract more users than even Battlefront. Here’s a rundown on statistics shared by Blizzard Entertainment:
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.
This game is going to be gigantic!
Were you a part of the Overwatch beta? What are your impressions?