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Overwatch 2 was released on PS5 and PS4 back in October of 2022, and the shift to free-to-play drew massive crowds initially, but deeper issues were quickly discovered. The player base has been declining ever since, which is fairly normal for service games, but what's new for Blizzard is the great equaliser: Steam.

Launching into this egalitarian, painfully-exposed ecosystem on Friday, Overwatch 2 was immediately pummelled into oblivion, freefalling to the very bottom (top?) of Steam250's Hall of Shame list. Listed reasons for this frosty reception range from complaints over pricey cosmetic items to accusations of a lack of content. Overwatch 2's nearest AAA competitor for this dubious honour appears to be Bethesda's Redfall at #17.

Previously Blizzard has used its proprietary Battle.net launcher for games like Overwatch and Diablo on PC, in many ways shielding itself from its own fanbases' ire. There are myriad reasons why, but just know that the majority of PC players find games not being on Steam, the one-stop gaming platform against which all others (PSN especially) should be judged, annoying to begin with. In hindsight, perhaps we shouldn't be entirely surprised.

What do you think of Overwatch 2's reception on Steam? How do you think Diablo 4 will fare if and when it's announced for the platform? Let us know in the comments section below.

[source steam250.com, via eurogamer.net]