Overwatch hits 30M players, makes Chinese free-to-play test plans

    
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Blizzard has just announced that Overwatch has just counted 30 million players. That’s buyers, mind you, as the game is buy-to-play.

However, a limited free-to-play Overwatch is actually happening, albeit with two caveats: It’s only going to be for the month of May, and it’s only rolling out in China. Blizzard announced that all heroes and all maps will be available for free from May 1st through the 31st in China. The only exception is competitive mode, which will not be available for the F2P crowd. Players can take the game out for a spin and even keep their progress if they purchase the game after that month.

Meanwhile, Overwatch fans who are a little peeved at having to play Heroes of the Storm to earn special skins should be consoled by the word that these skins will eventually come to Overwatch’s lootboxes in the future. Anything else Blizzard can do for you? Fluff your pillow? Tell you a bedtime story? OK then.

Source: VG247, Polygon
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Solaris

I thoroughly enjoy Overwatch. Partly because Blizz actually enforces rules to keep the community non-toxic (as much as can be expected in this world anyway). Mostly because it’s a damn great game to play with a core group of friends. Even when we lose, we have fun. The art direction is gorgeous and just reeks of style. I sincerely wish Blizz had made an MMO out of this IP. I love it.

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Melissa McDonald

Looks like they are getting close to Out-LOL-ing LOL.
game ain’t my cup of tea, so I won’t make editorial comments for those who enjoy it.

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deekay_plus

i only like it in short doses but i’m also a dva main. i can only stand so many payload maps before i qq out of there. lol

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Sally Bowls

Hmm, doesn’t this mean that Project Titan is the second most successful [Western?] MMO project of all time?

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KumiKaze

That always bothered me that people get upset over cross promotional items. I can understand people who only play on console and don’t really have a PC, or at least one that can run HotS at more than 5fps.

If you don’t like it then don’t play. If you really want that D.Va skin, then suck it up and play your 5 games and be done with it.

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eh i kind of understand it. hypethetical i don’t wanna buy overwatch to get tracer(she’s buyable in game now btw and even a choice of fee in 2.0) and i don’t wanna play overwatch to get that sweet wow mount. or play wow to get that that sweet overwatch skin.

assuming i like one of those games and not play the others.

so i sympathize based on cross promo items with rift and defiance. none of the rift prmo items felt like much of a bonus to me buying defiance.

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Michael

Tracer was always buyable in game. The Overwatch Origins Edition gave you her a week early.

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threeknee

So, it’s fine if you are bothered by something and have an opinion about it, but if someone else does the same, they should just suck it up?

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Solaris

When you can get something for free, but it takes a little effort to get it, yeah, you need to suck it up.

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deekay_plus

i’ve heard hots players are upset that dva is coming but no hanzo. but let’s be real here dva >hanzo ten days a week.

even if she had to be disabled last night in ow due to a bug. >>

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Bruno Brito

D.va main?

EW DUDE, I USED TO RESPECT U </3

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deekay_plus

i loled

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Solaris

Could be Bastion. Yeah, I went there.

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Michael

I mean, Hanzo will probably come in eventually. Not sure why anyone would be upset.