But our princess is in another castle!
On Wednesday July 14th, 2010, after an entire year of development behind the scenes, Overwatch was released to 25 members of our community, and what better way to celebrate its one year anniversary than with a release met with tons of positive feedback!
The response has truly been great. Our players have been posting first impression threads, gameplay videos and plenty of ideas and suggestions to help us improve our game. Community member Ranma even wrote a nice, detailed post of his first impressions playing as both the Resistance and the Overwatch. All in all, Overwatch was very well-received and we extremely psyched about it!
Enjoy our initial style test, composed to help us define the overall "feel" of the music in Overwatch
Thanks to our talented developers and hardworking playtesters, only a few very minor bugs managed to slip through the cracks and make their way into v1.0.0. They have already been addressed and the fixes will be released alongside next Wednesday's update.
Aside from Overwatch's first patch, next Wednesday will also be marked by a second, much larger wave of invites. Most (if not all) active community members will get access to the game and even be able to invite some of their friends. If feedback remains as positive as it has been and no major issues creep up, we are even considering having our open release much sooner than originally planned!
In sadder news, we decided to forgo using Desura at such an early stage, packaging Overwatch in an installer instead. We want to keep Overwatch's distribution method as simple and accessible as possible, and as much as we love Desura and believe it to be an amazing platform, it is still limited to only a few beta participants. We will definitely keep working alongside the Desura development team and, as soon as Desura is released to the public, we will make sure Overwatch is available to its users.
On a final note, we have a few surprises planned for you next week, including a random contest and a live appearance on Podcast17's 93rd episode! William and Patrick from P17 were some of the first few to play Overwatch and we are looking forward to discussing their first impressions live on the air.
Hold on to yours hats!