Overwatch 2 producer reveals how player count compares to OW1

Overwatch 2 producer reveals how player count compares to OW1

Overwatch 2 executive producer Jared Neuss revealed how the number of active players in the sequel compares to the first game and shared some interesting details.

In terms of sequels, the free-to-play Overwatch 2 has had a rocky start with the developers scrapping long-awaited PvE hero quests and moving forward with PvP progression.

Despite the initial backlash, the game has improved since launch with more rank upgrades, the battle pass, and more features in the works.

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So, how does Overwatch 2 compare to the first game when it comes to active users? Well, according to Jared News, OW2 is performing “pretty well.”

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Speaking with GameSpot, Jared Neuss explained that a large number of new players have joined via Steam, even though Overwatch 2 was at one point the worst-reviewed game in the platform’s history.

“Not only are people jumping on Steam for the first time, but people are coming back and making Steam their primary platform,” he said.

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Overwatch 2 is doing “really well” according to its executive producer.

When asked about Overwatch 2’s performance compared to OW1 in terms of active users, Neuss revealed that there is a healthy mix of new and returning players.

“The essence is that the game is doing really well. The audience has grown significantly. In particular, the great thing there — and I think we’ve talked about this a little bit in the past — is that we have a really healthy mix of people who have been playing Overwatch for a long time and players who are completely new,” he said. “The goal was to play for free and expand it to multiple different platforms,” Neus said.

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Furthermore, he added that the team is “really happy” with where they are when it comes to game numbers and participation, but reiterated that continuing to grow is the goal.

Unfortunately, Neuss didn’t share any exact numbers, but Overwatch 2’s move to a free-to-play model alongside its release on Steam likely helped the sequel show up in areas it didn’t in OW1.

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