Overwatch 2 player engagement is declining, Blizzard admits
Jul 20, 2023
Activision Blizzard has made it no secret that the Overwatch League is in financial trouble, and now they have admitted that player engagement has been down in Overwatch 2.
Previously, Blizzard claimed that the Overwatch League may be salvable if they could focus more on content in their core games, but it looks like that plan may not be viable. As the OWL continues to decline rapidly, it looks like Overwatch 2 may be in the same predicament.
Blizzard came under fire earlier this year when they admitted that the long-awaited PvE mode as fans knew it was no longer in the works. While they still had some PvE content planned (which would cost extra money), players felt lied to by developers and didn’t think the upcoming content was anywhere near as exciting as what was promised.
Despite guaranteeing a lot of new content in Invasion, including heroes and cinematics, it seems as though a lot of players have followed through with their promise to leave Overwatch 2 after the disappointing news.
Is Overwatch 2 dying?
Blizzard admitted in its latest quarter report that Overwatch 2 has seen a big decline in engagement. It’s currently unclear how much this is financially impacting Blizzard and developers still have hope to turn it all around.
“While engagement and player investment in Overwatch 2 declined sequentially in the quarter, the Overwatch team is looking forward to the August 10 release of Overwatch 2: Invasion,” the report stated.
The future of Overwatch 2 is unclear but it seems like Blizzard has made enough missteps to finally see some consequences from the previously passionate playerbase.
Season 6: Invasion is coming in August and it looks like developers are hoping it will be enough to see an increase in engagement. Meanwhile, the Overwatch League is most likely a lost cause as it continues to lose interest from the esports community.
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