The Overwatch 2 servers are now live, but they are suffering from some issues that may have resulted from a series of DDoS attacks. Since the servers went live yesterday afternoon, there have been long queues to get in – in some cases players are told there are over 30,000 people ahead of them.
Perhaps most notably, Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra announcement that Overwatch 2 was suffering from a “mass DDoS attack” shortly after launch, which he says is causing “a lot of drop/connection issues”. It’s unclear who is doing this or why, although Blizzard has faced a lot of anger over some of the game’s design choices.
In a later late-night update from game director Aaron Keller, it was revealed that a second DDoS was in the works, but that Blizzard was “steadily making progress on server issues and stability.” He added: “We are all on deck and will continue to work through the night. Thank you for your patience – we will share more information as it becomes available.”
Blizzard previously had recognized an “unexpected server error” that some players are receiving. Additionally, the studio has confirmed issues with player unlocks, including skins, not appearing, as well as purchasers of the Watchpoint Pack not having access to them. It is not known when these issues will be resolved, but the Blizzard CS The Twitter account provides updates as they come in, and a list of known issues has been compiled on the Overwatch Forums.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our in-progress Overwatch 2 review. The original story follows.
Overwatch 2 finally releases today, October 4th. After several false starts and delays, the servers go live today at 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT, and you can preload it now on every platform.
Arguably one of the most anticipated games of the year, Overwatch’s sequel was first announced at BlizzCon 2019. However, despite its lengthy development cycle – longer than many thought – the game releasing today isn’t quite the full experience, as it only includes its revamped 5v5 PvP modes.
It is however free and does not include the (very) famous lootbox model of its predecessor. Additionally, you’ll need to link a phone number to your Battle.net account in order to play it, so be sure to take care of that as soon as possible.
While this is certainly the heart of the Overwatch experience, many fans have been looking forward to the promised PvE game modes next. This Early Access release doesn’t include them yet, so keep an eye out for them at a later date.
Of course, the imminent release of Overwatch 2 comes at a high cost, as Overwatch 1’s servers were shut down on October 2 in preparation for the sequel’s launch. Regardless of what you personally think of the original Overwatch, there’s no denying that it’s one of the most important multiplayer games of the 2010s, and it’s pretty sad that you can no longer play it in its original 6v6 form. .
In our ongoing review of Overwatch 2, reviewer Jessica Howard mostly enjoyed her first hours with the game, though she wondered if it was a true successor to the iconic original. “Where it counts, Overwatch 2 feels like a fantastic update to a multiplayer game with mechanics that allow for exciting skirmishes between teams of heroes,” she wrote. “However, as a separate entity and sequel, it stumbles.”
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