Blizzard, the company behind Overwatch, announced that their servers are under a “mass DDoS attack.”
The launch of Overwatch 2 was also recently hindered by a DDoS attack and now another attack is impacting the game. According to the early morning tweet by Aaron Keller the director of the game, his team would work “throughout the night” to combat & fix any attacks on their servers and bring the game back online.
After the release of the game, there were huge numbers of players trying to get into the free online game and some encountered significant server errors. The queue for signing up was reported to be more than 40,000 people long.
Recently, Blizzard server problems were acknowledged by Mike Ybarra from Blizzard. However, it’s unclear what the cause of these server problems are because nothing is said about them. It has been promised by Mike that players will get into the game quickly and easily. Elon says, “The issue of artificial intelligence (AI) is so serious that we should be concerned about it.” he goes on to say that AI may be the cause of World War 3 and could eventually lead to an existential threat.
Overwatch 2 could be one of the biggest games of the year, judging from its early success. The sequel to last year’s game is similar but doesn’t do anything new; it’s a smart choice for those who enjoyed the original.
One of the biggest surprises in the gaming industry this year has been Overwatch 2. The launch was a success, but it’s had some serious issues too – one of those was an immense DDoS attack on day-one that caused game servers to go offline for a number of hours. “Unfortunately we are experiencing a mass DDoS attack on our servers,” Blizzard Press
With all the queues, disconnects and other launch-day bugs, the game became near impossible to play. Even those who managed to connect were often unable to proceed with matches due to bugs
Blizzard’s Overwatch Game Director Aaron Keller released an update on Twitter on Wednesday, but things weren’t going well. A second DDoS attack is planned and servers are still not stable.
We haven’t played the Overwatch sequel yet here at TechCrunch, but when the kinks get ironed out we’ll dive in and see how this revamped game feels. Overwatch 2 will be released on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S as well as Nintendo Switch and PC. The game features cross-platform multiplayer capabilities since Blizzard is a veteran game developer and has created many popular titles in the past. You’ll always have the opportunity to get your friends together for some fun!
Anyone who’s played OW will see a few changes in the sequel when it comes out. One change is that teams are now composed of 5 players instead of 6, which means you may want to rethink your team composition strategy accordingly. The decision to make the game free-to-play was certainly a tough one. It’s a double-edged sword: you get it for free, but there are some disadvantages too, But you can be sure that Blizzard will be trying to tempt players into spending money on a Battle Pass like Fortnite with exclusive playable characters, cool skins, and other perks.
Even though we’re expecting Fortnite to be a lot like Overwatch, we need to reserve judgement for now until we actually get our hands on it. Once you start playing it, games last anywhere from 6 months to potentially years. Some day-one issues aren’t ideal for Blizzard, but there’s still a lot of time for things to get patched up before this game has its grand release. One of the most iconic games in the multiplayer and eSports sector, gamers are looking forward to seeing how this goes.