Overwatch 2's launch woes continue, with the highly anticipated hero-shooter being hit with successive DDoS attacks ever since the service went live on 4th October. Blizzard has issued a statement on the situation and has also removed the SMS mobile phone requirement required to play (a measure introduced to combat cheaters).
SMS Protect is a two-factor authentication system Blizzard implemented for Overwatch 2, which, outside of ruffling feathers by asking players for their phone numbers, had the added issue of not allowing users on pre-paid plans access to the game. Not ideal, especially in a free-to-play title, but a patch is coming today that will remove this requirement for most players.
Specifically, the statement reads: "Any Overwatch player with a connected Battle.net account, which includes all players who have played since June 9, 2021, will not have to provide a phone number to play. We are working to make this change and expect it to go live on Friday, October 7."
This patch should help with crashes and stability, but Blizzard warns that "We have addressed some issues and are in the process of addressing others, but players should still expect to see queues." So if you were planning on mainlining Overwatch 2 this weekend, you may want to make alternate plans.
Have you been able to get a few games of Overwatch 2? For what it's worth, while writing this article, we queued and were able to get in after about 15 minutes, and the game is still fun, if a bit familiar. Let us know your experiences in the comments section below.