2016 has gotten off to a great start in regards to video game releases. Tom Clancy’s The Division, PvZ: Garden Warfare 2, Dark Souls 3, Uncharted 4, and as of today Bethesda’s Doom reboot will be available for purchase in your local retailer, or online… If that’s your thing. But let’s be fair, it’s only May and we’ve still got a lot to look forward to, we won’t see the best the year has to offer for at least another few months.
And it seems the customers of the industry aren’t the only ones who’ve got something to look forward too, if the statistics from two recent beta test periods are anything to go by. The developers and publishers are also going to have a great 2016. The Gears of War 4 beta went live in April and lasted through until May 1st, in that time over 1.6 million people participated in the beta, leading Microsoft to believe that when the full game launches on October 11th, it’ll be the biggest exclusive Xbox title of the year. The information comes as part of April’s NPD announcement, where Microsoft also revealed that April 2016 was the “best month in history for global engagement on Xbox One”. Microsoft representatives also teased big announcements for the upcoming Xbox E3 2016 briefing.
1.6 Million unique users over a two-week period, that’s pretty impressive by any standard. But the guys over at Blizzard Entertainment would likely consider that to be a bit of a flop, following the statistics from their upcoming game, Overwatch, which concluded its open beta just days ago. The beta ran from May 3rd through to May 11th courtesy of a one day extension and attracted more than 9.7 millions players across three platforms, not only making it Blizzard’s most successful beta ever, but also crowning it one of the most popular beta tests that the industry has ever seen across its history.
Blizzard released a press statement following the conclusion of the beta, which also revealed that players participated in over 37 million matches during the beta which saw them commit to a combined 81 million hours of gaming. It’s safe to say that Overwatch will be making its way to a few people’s collections when the game launches May 24th.
Obviously, we’re not comparing these two sets of statistics, we’re simply revealing the numbers. However it’s clear to see that both of these games are racking up a huge following ready for their respective release dates. Needless to say, 2016 is going to be a great year for gamers, and the developers they support.
[Source: Push Square, IGN, Gamespot].