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Overwatch 2 backtracks partially on SMS Defend, bug fixes coming
“Now we have made the choice to take away cellphone quantity necessities for a majority of current Overwatch gamers”
An Overwatch 2 SMS requirement grew to become a scorching matter within the final week or so, after it was revealed so near launch: however that’s now not going to be a factor for a subset of gamers.
Taking to the official Blizzard boards to speak in regards to the launch, the topic of SMS Defend got here up. In brief, Blizzard has “made the choice to take away cellphone quantity necessities for a majority of current Overwatch gamers,” with a repair anticipated to roll out on October 7. This entails an absence of a requirement for “any Overwatch participant with a linked Battle.web account, which incorporates all gamers who’ve performed since June 9, 2021.” For anybody who matches that invoice, it’s excellent news, as they have been seemingly probably the most devoted gamers who balked at it. There’s additionally been a problem with pay as you go telephones that Blizzard has sidestepped of their clarification.
In different happenings, the launch has been a bit rocky. Whereas Blizzard addressed server stability on October 5, it looks like they’re offering a bit extra data as to what’s taking place within the aforementioned discussion board submit. To sum all of it up, “login queues, server crashes, and stability issues are intertwined.” The queue challenge is because of two queues taking place concurrently (one for the sport, one for Battle.web), all of which shouldn’t be seen. The queue course of is now “simplified,” and there’s just one to navigate. So far as stability goes a “vital” server has been patched to assist, and “one other server replace” is on the best way. Extra nodes are being added as effectively, which is a gradual course of, to “not trigger any additional disruption.”
Lastly, Blizzard additionally addressed account merge points and incorrectly locked heroes. The writer urges people to completely full any account merge necessities: however in lots of different circumstances, “issues are simply taking longer than anticipated,” and no information is outwardly misplaced. One other repair is being deployed subsequent week to alleviate switch issues.
That is a lot of the huge stuff, and optimistically, they’ll have the sport operating smoother earlier than the weekend. In the event you’re following alongside, Blizzard has a full listing of identified points right here.