If you're having trouble enjoying Overwatch 2, we've got not-so-good news for you - you're not alone and the problem isn't ending anytime soon.
According to Blizzard president, Mike Ybarra, Overwatch 2 servers are down due to a "mass" distributed denial of service attack, otherwise known as DDoS. A few hours later, Overwatch 2 game director, Aaron Keller, confirmed that Blizzard is still working on getting the servers back up after the game suffered a second DDoS attack.
This is bad news for the Overwatch sequel, as Blizzard recently said goodbye to the original. There isn't an alternative to Overwatch 2 right now outside of playing other shooters, which is as bad as things can get for a new title.
We’re steadily making progress on server issues and stability, as well as working through a second DDoS attack. We’re all hands on deck and will continue to work throughout the night. Thank you for your patience - we’ll share more info as it becomes available.
— Aaron Keller (@aaronkellerOW) October 5, 2022
Errors, bugs, and disconnections are normal for any new multiplayer game as game servers adjust to the influx of incoming players. However, a DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to get players to stop playing a particular game, which, in this case, is Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 2 is a massive leap of faith for Blizzard Entertainment. Six years after it launched Overwatch, the sequel will eschew the older title's price as it goes free-to-play. In addition, Overwatch 2 will completely turn the monetization scheme on its head by offering a Battle Pass as opposed to the controversy-magnet loot boxes.
Without an ETA, Overwatch fans have no choice but to twiddle their thumbs while waiting for an update.
In other Blizzard news, the company just announced the release date for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Dragonflight. Also, a new job listing sheds light on Blizzard's still-untitled survival game. Finally, Microsoft is trying to rally support for its Activision Blizzard acquisition with a new page dedicated to discussing all of the benefits of letting the biggest video game acquisition in history push through.