launched last week, and even though the first day was plagued by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that caused many to not be able to play, feedback surrounding the game itself has been mostly positive. Over the weekend Blizzard posted an update
to general queue logging issues, the controversial you-need-a-phone "SMS Protect" feature - and more.
"We understand that the launch experience has been frustrating for many people in our community," writes the Overwatch 2 team. "We deeply appreciate your patience and thank you for your support, and we are laser focused on improving the Overwatch 2 experience for all players."
In relation to needing a phone for authentication, Blizzard now states "any PC player who ever played the original Overwatch has this requirement removed" as well as rolling this back for console players too.
There has already been a number of bug fixes and server updates to mitigate account log-in and merging issues - that is, players losing their original Overwatch collections and unlocks. "We’ve made progress here, and we believe we have a working resolution for the general merging issues," the team writes. "Some players who merged their accounts should now be seeing their full collections, but we have many still in queue to be resolved, and we expect more to be added to the queue as people log in for the first time over the weekend. As we said previously, your collection is not lost, and with the database now updated, we now have more bandwidth to complete these merges."
There have also been updates to speed up matchmaking and other elements. Blizzard adds that it will be updating players on the game's stability and issues this week.