Overwatch 2 Offering Double XP and Free Skin as Apology For Rough Launch

  • Last Updated : Oct - 13 - 2022
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Blizzard has taken steps to compensate players for the rocky launch of Overwatch 2 by offering various rewards and addressing issues that affected gameplay:

1. **Double XP Weekends**: Blizzard is running several double XP weekends to help players catch up on progression after the game’s initial issues.

2. **Free Rewards**: Players who log in between October 25 and December 6 will receive a free legendary skin for Reaper called the Cursed Captain, as well as a Health Pack weapon charm.

3. **Apology from Blizzard**: In a blog post, Blizzard apologized to players for the issues experienced during the launch of Overwatch 2 and pledged to address and resolve them promptly.

4. **DDoS Attacks**: Blizzard faced DDoS attacks that prevented many players from accessing Overwatch 2 shortly after launch. These attacks contributed to the game’s instability during its first week.

5. **Phone Number Requirement**: Initially, Blizzard required players to connect a phone number to their account as a security measure. However, this policy caused controversy and was eventually relaxed, with phone number verification only mandatory for new accounts.

6. **Pre-Paid Phone Packages**: Players using pre-paid phone packages encountered issues as these were not considered viable for phone number verification, preventing them from playing Overwatch 2.

7. **Temporary Removal of Bastion and Torbjörn**: Both Bastion and Torbjörn were temporarily removed from Overwatch 2 due to serious bugs. Bastion’s Ultimate ability was particularly problematic, allowing players to exploit a glitch and fire an unlimited number of shots within a short period.

Overall, Blizzard acknowledges the challenges faced during Overwatch 2’s launch and is working to rectify the issues while offering compensation to affected players.

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