Overwatch 2 just came out, but a DDoS attack and massive server queues derailed the title’s sequel release.
Today marks the launch of Overwatch 2 and Blizzard’s first-person shooter title has been affected by a mass DDoS server attack. The multiplayer shooter is making some significant changes to the original game’s formula, including free-to-play and 5v5 matches. With the launch of Overwatch 2 replaced the first game and at the time of launch players could not access the new version of the hero shooter due to a malicious cyber attack.
Although the title was only released today, Overwatch 2 has been controversial in the months leading up to its launch. Many players are skeptical about the game’s monetization system, which is said to be stronger due to the free-to-play nature of the sequel. For example, the beta version of Overwatch 2 was locked after a $40 fee, instead of being offered to players for free. The fact that the sequel completely replaces the original Overwatch has also disappointed longtime fans of the franchise, especially those unhappy with the new game’s 5v5 lineup and changed game modes. Overwatch 2 will also lock in new heroes after the Battle Pass, which is considered too restrictive in a game that’s completely balanced around heroes.
A report from PC Gamer reveals that unexpected server errors and long queue times are ruining the Overwatch 2 launch for multiplayer, and Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra says a DDoS attack is part of the reason for this. The game’s login interface is reporting tens of thousands of players waiting in the match queue and many other gamers can’t even access the game due to the error. Ybarra explained that a mass DDoS attack on Overwatch 2 servers is underway, causing players to experience connectivity issues. The official Overwatch Twitter account explains that the team is aware of other issues, which have been sorted into a list of officially recognized server issues.
Blizzard Entertainment is no stranger to DDoS attacks, with the launch of World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic being interrupted by a similar attack last year. Like the issues with Overwatch 2, this cyberattack caused much higher server latency and rampant loss of connection for players following the launch of the MMORPG expansion. Unfortunately common in the gaming industry, a DDoS attack floods an online service with fake data causing massive delays on the game’s servers.
Overwatch 2 remains a controversial release for Blizzard, and a launch plagued by server errors and massive queue times won’t help the sequel’s reputation. However, Mike Ybarra explained that many of the connection issues fans are experiencing could be the result of a DDoS attack, rather than the team’s unpreparedness for this launch. Overwatch 2.
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