From Blizzard, the developer of best-selling titles such as Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo, comes another massive gaming hit – Overwatch
The game, which was only released on 24 May 16, has since sold more than a whooping seven million copies in less than two weeks.
If we assume that everyone bought the most basic version of the game which costs USD39.99, it means that Blizzard just raked in around USD 280 million. And this is only early days.
Blizzard has found themselves a new cash cow, and we can expect the start of a new global gaming franchise based on the game.
But more on the game itself.
Overwatch is a new multiplayer, team-based first-person shooter (FPS). In the game, two teams of six each play against each other – to either attack of defend an objective. Players can choose from 21 playable characters, each with his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Team work is paramount here – one can have the highest number of kills and still lose the game. See here for a useful character guide.
Examples of some characters in the game:
Did I add that the game has a pretty cool story, with fantastic graphics?
The story surrounds this international organisation called Overwatch, where heroes from all over the world banded together to restore peace and order (like the Avengers, just that the ethnic make-up is much more diverse; I guess Blizzard is more politically correct). The organisation was subsequently disbanded, but something happened resulted in Overwatch’s activation again (watch the clip below):
Think of the animation “The Incredibles”, add in a bit more violence, and there you have it – Overwatch.
A warning though, this game is seriously addictive. Before you know it, hours would have gone by. So play in moderation, get enough sleep, and don’t let it affect your work or your studies.
Overwatch is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Get your copy soon, and join the fight for the world’s future.
(Photo credit: All images from Blizzard)