Blizzard held an extended downtime to continue to address Overwatch 2 server stability, queues, and login issues. Other issues, like missing items and incorrectly locked Heroes are also happening.
Overwatch 2 has had a rough go the last few days since launch, that's for certain. The team at Blizzard released an update to the fans late last night detailing ways they are ensuring players can get into the hero shooter.
Overwatch 2 is still facing long queues after its free-to-play launch was hit with massive server queues as well as a launch-day DDoS attack. While those issues are still being worked out, those lucky enough to play are being hit with another wall: the requirement to connect your phone with Blizzard's SMS two-factor authorization.
Overwatch 2 has risen from the ashes of 2016's first Overwatch installment, making the transition from regularly priced multiplayer hero shooter to free-to-play hero shooter in 2022. The new launch from Blizzard has been long in the making, and is now live on every major platform for free.
Overwatch 2 players will be getting one of the new heroes coming with the sequel for free, according to Blizzard in a new post detailing the upcoming Battle Pass in the free-to-play title.
Overwatch is sunsetting a feature that it helped define since its launch in 2016: loot boxes. Next month, after the conclusion of the current anniversary event, loot boxes will no longer be purchasable.
Overwatch League play is set to return to in-person competition for the first time in two years this May. A new report suggests that sponsorships may be taking time to return too.
Blizzard is taking signups for Overwatch 2's first PvP beta beginning in late April. The PvP mode will go to testing first, as Game Director Aaron Keller promises more frequent development updates.
While the complicated ongoing legal situation facing Activision Blizzard continues, one promise from the company is soon to come true. The character of McCree in Overwatch finally has a new name, Cole Cassidy, which will go live next week.
Another high profile departure is happening at Activision Blizzard, this time Overwatch's Executive Producer Chacko Sonny. The developer is leaving the company Friday, Bloomberg has reported, calling working for the company "an absolute privilege."
As part of the fifth anniversary of Overwatch, the team took to Reddit in an AMA answering the community's questions about virtually everything. This included the current state of the game, its history, in addition to recent announcements.
Overwatch 2 was shown off a bit during a livestream today, and with the stream came some major news for fans of the hero shooter: it will only have 5 players on each side.