During an earnings call for the fourth quarter of 2016, Blizzard shared that Overwatch set the record for the strongest launch year financial performance of any game in Blizzard's 25-year history.
Overwatch was Blizzard's first new IP in 17 years and has skyrocketed in popularity since release. The title boasts over 25 million players and maintains a dedicated fanbase. Players constantly flood Overwatch communities with highlights, fan art, and cosplay — anything to show their love for the game and its characters.
The storylines Overwatch provides draws players to each character. Players find ways to connect to the heroes on some level based on their story, culture, or personality — a South Korean feminist movement group has even adopted D.Va as their mascot.
Blizzard's latest IP has earned plenty of accolades in 2016 such as Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Multiplayer, and Best Esports Game during The Game Awards 2016. It earned 55 Game of the Year awards overall.
Continuing into 2017, Overwatch added the Capture the Flag game mode after its wild success during the Year of the Rooster event. Even still, the community waits for the next hero addition — the rumored Doomfist hopefully to be voiced by Terry Crews — new maps, and even more game modes.
With such a strong fourth quarter, Overwatch should continue in form throughout 2017.