Blizzard's new Overwatch game was a risky move for a company that has never created a team shooter before but if we go by the amount of people that played it and the time spent in the game, it is easy to see the game is on the fast path to success. Blizzard issued a press release stating that Overwatch is Blizzard's biggest open beta ever with 9.7 million global players spread across the PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Players logged in over 4.9 billion minutes (over 81 million hours) across more than 37 million matches in the game. According to Blizzpro, if you're looking to compare Overwatch to other recent betas as a measure of success, The Division beta had 6.4 million players, Destiny had 4.6 million while Star Wars Battlefront beta had 9 million players.
In addition, to make it crystal clear that Blizzard is taking Overwatch very seriously, they also released a statement today letting the community know that they intend to crack down on cheaters in the game by banning them for life and will provide years of support for Overwatch - this should be of great comfort to many players that were concerned if certain pro players were cheating and whether Blizzard would say or do anything about it.
Click the spoiler below for Blizzard's full press release:
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Overwatch, Blizzard's new team based shooter has officially gone into open beta for those that pre-purchased the game while everyone else will get a chance to play beginning May 5th. If you didn't pre-purchase it and don't have a key, ask a friend that may have purchased it early as Blizzard is giving out extra keys just for friends.
Overwatch was created by a team at Blizzard that was supposed to make the successor to World of Warcraft but unfortunately (or fortunately for us Overwatch fans) failed and then redeemed themselves with this fantastic game. In style, the game is reminiscent of Valve's Team Fortress 2 with heroes forming different classes that each have a unique and often devastating ability. The pacing is fast and at least for the PC, when the graphics options are turned up all the way, the game is nothing short of gorgeous. The official release date for the game is May 24th 2016.
Video of me and some teamethics.us guys trolling as Tracer in a match:
We plan to do a full review of this game once it releases on May 24th but until then, feel free to join us on Tech|Inferno TeamSpeak. If you want to watch a live stream of the game, check out our twitch feed: https://www.twitch.tv/dirtyscrubz/
Post edit: 5/4/16 - will be adding highlights below from the beta
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I'm looking for some testers to see if we can get LEGACY SUPPORT for the m17xR4.
Furthermore, I've also done MANY updates on this bios, too...
I updated RAID (EFI & LEGACY) to v184.108.40.2066 (This may need to be downgraded as the chipset you have may NOT support this raid version, but this is the latest version that will work IF youre running RAID. It also supports TRIM in RAID0. If you are not running raid, I can update to v13 if you want, but we need to test one at a time!)
Updated GOP Drivers & GOP Policy
Updated vbios from 2098 to 2171
Updated Microcode for all cpu's
Added M.2 Support
Added NvMe support
Updated Atheros Lan Firmware & PXE Boot Firmware
Updated To Possibly Give Legacy Support, BUT.......
I NEED TESTERS!!!
Please contact me if you want to try. Understand, HOWEVER, that am NOT responsible for ANYTHING that happens to your system if it goes wrong.
(Just a SMALL disclaimer, heh)
If you're subscribed to receive NVIDIA's newsletter and are a fan of Ubisoft's upcoming game The Division, then you'll be pleased to find an e-mail in your inbox from NVIDIA handing out closed beta access keys to the game. The closed beta starts on January 28th for Xbox One players and January 29th for PC and PS4 owners and the only way to get guaranteed access to this closed beta is by pre-ordering the game or receiving a code from NVIDIA. According to the game's FAQ, the purpose of this beta is to test out the servers and to make sure the game is balanced.
The Division is an upcoming RPG game with a military theme that takes place in New York City after a pandemic has swept across the US creating chaos throughout society. In the game, you play as a Division agent that roams through an open world persistent New York where you will explore, take part in combat against other players and AI and have character progression. Amazon has a 30 minute video called Tom Clancy's The Division: Agent Origins which gives a nice background on the story.
You can find more information on the closed beta here: http://tomclancy-thedivision.ubi.com/game/en-us/beta/
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