Blizzard have mentioned they’ve disabled the telephone quantity account requirement for many Overwatch 2 gamers, following points with registration for some. The corporate initially insisted on all gamers offering a telephone quantity as a part of the hero shooter’s new anti-cheat system, dubbed Protection Matrix. The deliberate change ought to go into impact from October seventh.
Beginning with an apology and an acknowledgement that Overwatch 2’s launch hasn’t met participant expectations, nor their very own, Blizzard shared an replace on points they’re engaged on resolving which have cropped up since Tuesday’s launch. The areas they’re concentrating on are SMS registration, queuing, errors from account merging, and heroes being locked for gamers once they shouldn’t be. It’s fairly an extended listing of issues, frankly.
Blizzard solely revealed Overwatch 2’s telephone registration requirement per week earlier than the sport’s launch. Since then, it’s emerged that some gamers on pre-paid telephone plans within the US haven’t been in a position to register their quantity with Battle.internet, as Blizzard doesn’t recognise the supplier. The modifications to telephone registration for Overwatch 2 will imply that solely gamers who don’t have an present related Battle.internet account might want to register their quantity. Anybody who’s performed Overwatch since June ninth, 2021 shouldn’t want to offer theirs.
The Overwatch 2 devs additionally say they’re coping with the lengthy queues and server crashes skilled by many individuals making an attempt to play the sport over the previous few days. The queuing issues are partly all the way down to the existence of two separate queues, one for Battle.internet and one other for the sport itself. Blizzard say they’ve now simplified issues so there’s only one queue. They’ve additionally patched a server that ought to make logging in additional dependable, and are working to forestall folks being disconnected as soon as they’re taking part in.
Account merging points are being handled as properly, Blizzard promise. About half of those are on console and will already be mounted because of a UI repair, whereas the opposite half is a matter of time wanted to switch objects and unlocks over to Overwatch 2 from the primary sport. One other difficulty that was troubling folks making an attempt to merge their console and PC accounts has been sorted out already, however Blizzard advise anybody who ought to have their unlocked heroes and objects however hasn’t but to strive relogging into the sport. That’s occurring as a result of Overwatch 2 was mistaking present customers for brand new ones.
Blizzard confirmed that a number of DDoS assaults had made issues worse on launch day, as Graham reported, though no extra assaults have been geared toward Overwatch 2 since then. You may learn the complete standing replace from Blizzard right here, and an inventory of all identified points right here.
Ollie’s been taking part in the sport as a lot as he can this week, however simply wished it to cease getting in its personal means in his Overwatch 2 review-in-progress. “A lot harm has already been achieved to the sport just by calling it Overwatch 2,” he mentioned. “From the second of its announcement, Blizzard have been on the mercy of gamers’ expectations for a full-fledged sequel. And once they evaluate these two side-by-side screenshots and see nearly no distinction, that is a significant disappointment and maybe a turn-off for a lot of gamers.”
Activision Blizzard are nonetheless contending with authorized points and experiences alleging office discrimination, harassment and poor working situations. The corporate’s additionally within the technique of being acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 billion (£60.8 billion), a shock deal introduced again in January. That month, Blizzard Leisure head Mike Ybarra mentioned he was dedicated to fostering change inside the firm.
Overwatch 2 is a free to play obtain from Battle.internet.