As Blizzard evolves as a studio, in and out, one of many concepts pushing us ahead is assembly gamers around the globe the place they’re and making our video games as straightforward as potential to entry and play. We wish to give everybody an opportunity to expertise our universes with outdated buddies whereas making new ones, irrespective of how they select to play.
Battle.internet is the house of all our PC gamers, and over time, we’ve developed our platform to assist up to date applied sciences, capabilities, and our communities’ expectations. However as we’ve developed, the trade has developed too–gaming is not only for particular communities because it was when Battle.internet launched over twenty years in the past, gaming is for everybody–and although we stay dedicated to repeatedly investing in and supporting Battle.internet, we wish to break down the boundaries to make it simpler for gamers all over the place to search out and luxuriate in our video games.
Which is why we’re making an attempt one thing new.
We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing a number of our video games to Steam, beginning with Overwatch 2… which will likely be accessible on the platform on August 10!
“It’s our aim at Blizzard to hearken to gamers and attempt to exceed their expectations in all the pieces we do,” stated Mike Ybarra, President of Blizzard Leisure. “Whereas Battle.internet stays a precedence for us now and into the longer term, we’ve heard gamers need the selection of Steam for a number of our video games, beginning with Overwatch 2 on August tenth. We’re joyful to work with Valve to make that occur.”
“Avid gamers and builders are each going to profit from Overwatch 2 coming to Steam,” stated Gabe Newell, Valve’s president. “Avid gamers could have one other platform the place they will play a beloved sport that makes use of the capabilities of Steam, and builders will profit from the results of getting the proficient crew at Blizzard serving to us evolve our supported options and performance for Overwatch 2.”
As a free-to-play, team-based sport, we consider Overwatch 2 is the right title for Blizzard’s debut on the platform. Overwatch 2: Invasion is launching with extra new sorts of gameplay experiences than at any level within the sport’s storied 7-year historical past, together with the first-ever set of PvE Story Missions, a brand new core PvP sport mode with two new maps, and naturally, a brand new hero. It’s an awesome alternative for brand spanking new gamers to get pleasure from their first expertise of the Overwatch universe.
Overwatch 2’s presence on Steam is along with Battle.internet, so the unimaginable neighborhood already accessing the sport via Battle.internet can play as they’ve with no adjustments required. Gamers on Steam will nonetheless want to attach Overwatch 2 to a Battle.internet account, as we require for all platforms, which allows cross-platform play and extra. Gamers utilizing Steam could have entry to options of the platform whereas taking part in Overwatch 2, equivalent to Steam achievements, their Steam buddies record, and the flexibility to ask them to play in-game. We’re excited to see the response from the Overwatch neighborhood–each veteran gamers and new ones who come on board via Steam–and we’re trying ahead to listening to their suggestions.
So far as what’s subsequent for Blizzard on Steam, we’ll be sharing extra about potential different video games coming to the platform when the time is correct.
The Overwatch 2 Steam web page is dwell now, and is offered to wishlist! We invite the Overwatch neighborhood to present their new teammates taking part in from Steam a heat welcome on August 10!