Last night Blizzard made the decision to completely pull Overwatch 2 offline in order to fix some nasty server problems players have faced in the game since launch. In a blog post, Blizzard said that the three biggest issues plaguing the game right now are long queue times, missing cosmetic items and mandatory phone numbers for Overwatch 2 accounts. Blizzard is trying to tackle these issues one by one. The first of which was to disable the cellphone number restrictions on accounts so you no longer need a valid number in order to sign in to Overwatch 2.
While that was a success, the other two issues have proved to be a challenge for the developer. Last night, Blizzard took down Overwatch 2 for unplanned maintenance. This downtime was to address “some bugs related to account merge, login, and the First Time User Experience”. The downtime lasted for four hours in total. However, when Blizzard launched the servers again, new issues started to pop up alongside even more server problems.
This time the problems now relate to users losing cosmetic items and when purchasing the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack, the game doesn’t reward you with the content. Blizzard says they are currently investigating the issues surrounding the lost cosmetic items and will issue a fix once they have resolved the problem. As for the server problems, users are still facing the infamous Overwatch 2 LC-208 error code that pops up when trying to log into the game.
Blizzard is also trying to tackle the massive queue of account merging which will see users merge their old Overwatch content with the new game. This queue is currently sitting with over 400k users waiting to get their old content from the original game available in Overwatch 2.
There are a number of fixes going out today to address many of the issues players are experiencing with login and queues. These will take #Overwatch2 offline at the below times:
3PM PT, estimated 1 hr
Approximately 6PM PT, estimated 3 hrs
Read more here: https://t.co/cHTYefw7zm
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 6, 2022