Blizzard's multiplayer shooter Overwatch has gone from strength to strength since launching on PC and consoles last year. The game just continues to grow and today Blizzard revealed that its game has achieved yet another huge milestone.
On Twitter, Blizzard announced that Overwatch has hit 35 million players worldwide, across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The tweet includes a short video of Junkrat, the grenade-loving anarchist from Australia, and expresses love for the "bunch of misfits and freaks" that make up the cast of playable characters as well as the Overwatch player base. Plenty of fans also joined in with the celebrations too, joking that there are 35 million players and yet none of them know how to stay on the payload.
Some fans and professional eSports players also replied to the tweet to say that they look forward to Blizzard converting those players into fans of Overwatch eSports too. Uncertainty over whether Blizzard will be able to draw enough viewers has been a key reason why some analysts are worried about the Overwatch League, but it remains to be seen whether the company can make good on those requests.
What a bunch of misfits and freaks we got here—we love it!— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 16, 2017
Thanks for teaming up with us, heroes. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/aBENKWS17f
Moreover, there seems to be a consensus that this Overwatch milestone isn't very surprising. Although it comes just six months after Blizzard announced that Overwatch had 30 million players, that growth is to be expected of a game like this.
Blizzard continues to give players a reason for people to get invested in the game. For example, the Overwatch Halloween event is currently being held until the end of the month and brings back the Junkenstein's Revenge game mode. It also introduces several brand new skins and cosmetics with a seasonal flair. On top of this, Blizzard recently held an Overwatch free weekend, which likely won over some players with the opportunity to try before they buy.
It stands to reason that Overwatch will grow even more in the coming weeks and months too. While the developer is always cooking up fresh content for players to enjoy, big announcements are planned for BlizzCon 2017 next month. It's unclear exactly what Blizzard has up its sleeve for BlizzCon but whatever announcements are made will likely convince a few more people to join the existing 35 million players.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.