Overwatch has achieved an impressive feat: the game now has more than 40 million players, game director Jeff Kaplan revealed in a developer update today.
Beginning on May 22nd, a large event will take place to celebrate Overwatch's two year anniversary.
Additionally, Overwatch will be free to play between May 25th and May 29th on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Just in time for new players to join the celebrations. It's unlikely there are actually 40 million players because there will be smurf accounts and we don't know if they are counting accounts as "players". "So, we have a lot of special stuff planned for this event".
"Petra is lovely", Kaplan said during Wednesday's Developer Update video. And beyond new anniversary skins, players can look forward to a whole new free-for-all Deathmatch map called Petra. He also said that there will be a lot of diversity in the type of heroes that can play on the map.
"There's parts of the map that are great for open, long-range heroes, there's parts of the map that are great for short-ranged heroes". The brand new map, Petra, is introduced along with a new competitive mode, featuring placement matches, skill rating tiers, and leaderboards. Past seasonal items will also be available in any loot box earned over the course of the OverwatchAnniversary event. With these loot boxes, players can get items that were left behind in the Summer Games and other Overwatch events.