Overwatch 2 Launch Status Update

Hello, heroes. Yesterday was an exciting day for the Overwatch team—a day that we know you have been looking forward to for a long time. While millions of people have been enjoying the game, the launch has not met your, or our, expectations.

First, we want to apologize to our players. We expected the launch of Overwatch 2 to go smoothly. We hold ourselves to a higher standard and we are working hard to resolve the issues you are experiencing.

We want to provide transparency on the issues, fixes we have made so far, and give you all insight as to how we’re moving forward.

We are keeping a list of known issues here, but here we’ll take a deep dive into the top issues.

SMS Protect

We designed Overwatch 2 to be a live service, which enables us to be responsive to a variety of player feedback. We have made the decision to remove phone number requirements for a majority of existing Overwatch players. Any Overwatch player with a connected Battle.net account, which includes all players who have played since June 9, 2021, will not have to provide a phone number to play. We are working to make this change and expect it to go live on Friday, October 7. We will update players once it is in effect.

We remain committed to combating disruptive behavior in Overwatch 2—accounts that were not connected to Battle.net as well as new accounts will still have to meet SMS Protect requirements, which helps to ensure we’re protecting our community against cheating. If a player is caught engaging in disruptive behavior, their account may be banned whether they have a new account or not.

As a team, we will keep listening to ongoing feedback and will make further adjustments in this area if it is required.

Queue Issues, Server Crashes, and Stability

Tl;dr: We have addressed some issues and are in the process of addressing others, but players should still expect to see queues.

Login queues, server crashes, and stability problems are intertwined, so we’ll talk about them together. Players may have been seeing their queue numbers jumping around, going from a small number to a larger number. This is due to there being two queues for players—one through Battle.net, then one through the game itself. This process is usually invisible to players, but was being seen in real time. We have made changes to simplify the queuing process, so players should now only be experiencing the one queue before entering the game.

There are several areas where we’re working to improve stability. Today we’ve patched a server that is critical to the login experience, and this change has increased login reliability. Beyond queues, we’re in progress with another server update that will reduce the occurrences of players being disconnected once they’re already in game.

Finally, the player database is being overloaded, which cascades and causes a backup in the login system, which eventually leads to some people being dropped out of queues or being unable to log in at all.

We’re continuing to add nodes to ease the pressure on the player database. The process of adding nodes requires replication of data, which inherently adds pressure to an already stressed system, so we’re doing it slowly to not cause any further disruption as devs and engineers work through separate issues. We are also currently throttling queues in order to protect the player database as much as we can while we scale—this feels bad in the short-term, but once it’s done, will greatly improve the experience for players across multiple fronts moving forward.

Problems with Account Merge (Missing Player Items/Data)

Tl;dr: You have not lost any items or progress, though some players are logging in and seeing some/all elements missing from their collection.

We’ve received a number of reports from players that their inventory in-game is partially or totally reset. We’ve determined that the cause for this discrepancy in approximately half of reported cases is players having not yet completed their account merge. This is understandable—one cause for this is due to a bug with the launch build not providing an account merge prompt on some consoles. We rolled out a partial UI fix earlier today to help some console players progress through the account merge flow, however, we are still working on fixes for additional UI issues.

In the other half of reported cases for this issue, things are just taking longer than expected for items from the original Overwatch to transfer and populate in Overwatch 2. In all cases, no player data has been wiped or lost. We have a client-side fix for this that cannot be deployed until next week, so we are exploring server-side fixes and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

There was a separate issue with account merge where players who had merged their console and PC accounts were experiencing problems logging in. This bug is now resolved. If you watched any community streamers on launch day, you might have noticed some had more trouble logging in than others; this bug was the primary cause for that.

Incorrectly Locked Heroes and Items for Existing Players

This is an issue separate from account merge but the player experience is the same as the above, where heroes and items that should be unlocked for existing players are appearing as locked. These cases are almost certainly related to our new First Time User Experience (FTUE) flow incorrectly being applied to existing players. We have seen relogging into the game resolve this issue in most cases.

On the day of launch, these issues were exacerbated by DDoS attacks—while they did not directly cause any of these issues, they made the environment in which we work on these issues more challenging. We have not suffered any further attacks.

We are committed to keeping you all informed, and will provide more information as it becomes available. Please keep an eye on @PlayOverwatch for additional updates.

Thank you, heroes,

The Overwatch Team

Frustrated Parent - Overwatch 2
No more phone numbers
Have you gotten in?
Phone number no longer needed for old accounts anymore
Status Update doesn’t have any solutions!
[CONSOLE] is anyone getting in?
Account got wiped when logging into ow2
Bought Watchpoint Pack, but can't use PHONE for verification
PS4 watchpoint pack error
To the people complaining about sms
Credit where it is due!
Cricket phone number means no OW2?
[UPDATED] Being treated as a new player
I can’t get my skins or hero’s from overwatch1
Why in hell are you removing phone verification?
Watch Point Pack
Nothing transfered
Why the f*** is there a queue when u dc from comp?
How about "Legacy Credits"
Are linked accounts same as merged accounts?
SMS Requirement
Account wiped, thanks blizzard
OW1 Skins missing?
Can someone merge accounts after Overwatch 2 is released?
Can't Play Overwatch 2 becuase of the pre-paid phone number
Suck it shill bots
Account Wiped? Years Of Progress GONE
Removing phone numbers is the DUMBEST decision
Fix SMS protect to include pre-pay phones
Empty account on playstation?
If official...smurfs are back and games suck
Keep complaining about changes you don't like
No Phone Numbers for People Who Own OW1
Is the game designed to always make you wait to login?
Question about Mergin Problem
Not able to put my phone number in
My phone is post paid?
Not able to add phone number to account
My phone number is "in use"
Skins and stuff didnt transfer from first to second game
Very Nice choice to screw people over
Phone number not working?
I do not own a phone and do not wish to purchase one
Blizzard REMOVES phone virification
I want to ask Blizzard, Why must the phone NOT be pre-paid?
Phone Number Not Working
I have lost all my progress
How to play ow2 with a prepaid plan
Cricket phone number means no OW2?
Phone Huh, Please remove that thanks
I overwatch2 phone verification
Phone number problem
Asking for a phone number
My phone number is Post-Paid!
Issues with SMS aren’t gone
SMS Requirement Issues
Kiriko is locked for me.. again
Phone provider problems
Overwatch 2 Status Update - October 7, 2022
My stuff is still gone!
Watch point pack
I vant my skins and legends back
Phone plan being solved
[Main Thread] Can't merge console account
There NEEDS to be a workaround for Cricket users and etc
SMS Protect Post Paid Number
Blizzard LIES about Phones
Overwatch won't actually launch PC
Locked Hero’s in overwatch 2
[Main Thread] Account information missing
Overwatch 2 Known Issues - October 25, 2022
[Main Thread] Missing cosmetics/store purchase
[Main Thread] Account information missing
Pre-paid phone issue
Craiket Wireless phone number
[Main Thread] Account information missing
Status Update doesn’t have any solutions!
[Main Thread] Account information missing
No Phone Numbers for People Who Own OW1
Problem with country change self-service
[Main Thread] Missing cosmetics/store purchase
No more phone numbers
Overwatch 2 Known Issues - October 25, 2022
[Main Thread] Game freezing with Intel i3 / Dual core CPUs
Have you gotten in?
Is the game designed to always make you wait to login?
[Main Thread] Missing cosmetics/store purchase
Frustrated Parent - Overwatch 2
Lost skins , cosmetics and highlights
No more phone numbers
No more phone numbers
Have you gotten in?
EVERYTHING has been erased from my account
Overwatch 2 account changed
[CONSOLE] is anyone getting in?
[UPDATED] Being treated as a new player
[Main Thread] Account information missing
OW1 Skins missing?
[Main thread] Login screen infinite loop
Overwatch 2 Known Issues - October 25, 2022
[Main Thread] Missing cosmetics/store purchase
Overwatch 2 Known Issues - October 25, 2022