Overwatch 2 servers are now operational, but they are experiencing some troubles that may result from a DDoS attack. There have been enormous lines to get in since the servers went up this afternoon, with some players reporting 30,000 or more people in front of them. Blizzard has also recognized a “unexpected server problem” experienced by certain players and said it is trying to rectify the situation. Additionally, the studio has confirmed issues with players’ unlocks, including skins not appearing and Watchpoint pack buyers not having access to it. There’s no word on when these issues will be resolved, but the BlizzardCS Twitter account updates as they come in.
Perhaps more importantly, Blizzard CEO Mike Ybarra stated that Overwatch 2 is under attack from a “large DDoS” attack, causing “a lot of drop/connection issues.” It’s unclear who is doing this or why, but Blizzard has received a lot of flak for some of the game’s design choices.
In the meantime, be sure to read our ongoing Overwatch 2 review. The original story is below.
Overwatch 2 is finally available today, October 4. After a few false starts and delays, the servers go live today at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT, and you may pre-load it on all platforms.
The successor to Overwatch, arguably one of the year’s most anticipated games, was unveiled at BlizzCon in 2019. Despite its prolonged development cycle—longer than many expected—the game that opens today isn’t the whole experience, as it only includes its redesigned 5v5 PvP modes.
It is, however, free to play and lacks its predecessor’s (in)famous loot box model. You’ll also need to attach a phone number to your Battle.net account to play it, so get that done as soon as possible.
While this is undoubtedly the center of the Overwatch experience, many fans have anticipated the sequel’s promised PvE game types. The Early Access edition does not yet feature them, so keep an eye out for them later.
Of course, the impending release of Overwatch 2 comes at a high price, since the Overwatch 1 servers were taken down on October 2 to prepare for the sequel’s debut. Whatever your feelings are about the original Overwatch, there’s no disputing that it’s one of the most influential multiplayer games of the 2010s, and it’s a shame that you can’t play it in its original 6v6 version any longer.
In our ongoing Overwatch 2 review, journalist Jessica Howard praised the game’s early hours while questioning whether it’s a true successor to the renowned original. “Where it counts,” she added, “Overwatch 2 feels like a wonderful update to a multiplayer game with mechanisms that enable exhilarating fights between teams of heroes.” “However, as a separate entity and sequel, it stumbles.”