Overwatch 2 known bugs, launch issues and how to fix them

After several years of development, Overwatch 2 has finally arrived and is now available on all major gaming platforms including Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Switch. As Blizzard Entertainment brings its servers online, players around the world are experiencing Overwatch 2’s new 5v5 format for the first time and enjoying its new free-to-play model.

Unfortunately, players have also reported several bugs and launch issues following the rollout of Overwatch 2. Blizzard is working hard to fix these issues, but we’ve also documented them here so you know what to look for and can take advantage of potential fixes and workarounds if there are any. Here’s a complete list of all the known Overwatch 2 bugs and launch issues we’ve seen so far.

Top Overwatch 2 Launch Issues

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After the launch of Overwatch 2, players started experiencing various issues related to server stability, connections, and held cosmetics. A full list of these issues can be found below.

Overwatch 2 servers down

Blizzard has announced that Overwatch 2 will go offline on October 7 in order to perform maintenance and implement important server fixes. Specifically, the servers are down at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET for about an hour.

Overwatch 2 lost connection to server

Players may suddenly lose connection to Overwatch 2 servers, causing them to boot to the main menu. These issues will likely continue until Blizzard is able to resolve ongoing issues with the game’s network, which the developer claims is due to a massive DDoS attack on Overwatch 2. Players can still try to replay in between- time by reconnecting and queuing into new matches.

The developers have confirmed that a server update will be released soon which will reduce instances of server disconnection. Once it goes live, players can expect this issue to occur less frequently.

Failed to connect to Overwatch 2 game server

Players may also fail to connect to Overwatch 2 servers after going through the queue full of thousands of players, which is no doubt very frustrating. If this happens, the only option players have is to simply wait for the game client to attempt to connect. Blizzard recently announced that a patch to the game has improved connection reliability, so hopefully this issue won’t persist for long.

Overwatch 2 unexpected server error

Some players who have merged their Overwatch PC and console accounts have reported that they received an unexpected server error message while playing the game, preventing them from logging in or queuing for matchmaking. Blizzard announced that this issue is caused by the fact that transferring items from the original Overwatch to Overwatch 2 takes a long time, which results in the server error experienced by players. Logging back into the game may resolve the issue, but if not, players will need to be patient.

Players may also encounter this error if they have not yet completed merging their Overwatch account. Refer to our guide on how to merge Overwatch accounts for more information on how to complete this process.

Overwatch 2 missing skins and cosmetics

Players may find that skins and other cosmetics they own are missing when logging into Overwatch 2. Blizzard has confirmed this to be an issue with the game’s launch, so players may expect to have access to their objects as developers continue to work to resolve issues.

Overwatch 2 missing heroes

Players of the original Overwatch may log into Overwatch 2 only to find that most of the cast from the first game are unavailable to play. The developers have confirmed that this is an issue caused by incorrectly applying the Overwatch 2 first user experience to veteran players. Closing and reconnecting to the game is an effective workaround for this bug, although Blizzard is working on a more comprehensive and permanent fix.

Overwatch 2 Known Bugs

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In addition to the launch-related issues above, there are also several Overwatch 2 bugs that players may experience while playing the game. These can affect your progress and may also prevent you from reviewing your gameplay footage. A complete list of all reported bugs can be found below.

  • Endorsement Reward Battle Pass XP amount is displayed incorrectly, but the correct amount of XP is rewarded.
  • Some players are experiencing an LC-208 error and Blizzard is currently investigating a fix for this issue.
  • Players who purchased Kiriko’s Tanpopo skin unlocked the Fuji skin instead.
    • Blizzard is processing refunds to affected players.
  • Numbani, Necropolis, Illios CTF, and Temple of Anubis are temporarily disabled while Blizzard fixes bugs related to these cards.
  • Some players fall on the map when spawning in Bounty Hunter Arcade mode.
  • Kiriko and Sojourn’s heroic poses are incorrectly locked and priced.
  • Using Alt+Tab in fullscreen or borderless windowed mode may result in a black screen. Close the game and relaunch it to work around this issue.
  • Overwatch 2 may not start. To resolve this issue, quit and relaunch the Battle.net client, then attempt to relaunch the game.
  • The camera may be misplaced on the level when viewing your highlights. Reloading the highlight can fix this problem.
  • Hero unlock challenges may not progress in Total Mayhem. If this happens, you will need to repeat the necessary steps to progress again.
  • The Workshop Green Screen and Workshop Island load incorrect maps and may break some existing codes.
  • Workshop text HUDs are currently not visible.
  • Echo plays the Kiriko, Sojourn, and Junker Queen Ultimate lines in English for non-English languages.
  • Mitigate damage from Bastion as many heroes will not give proper credit for the Malfunction System-Wide Season Challenge.
  • Using a number already used on another account for Overwatch 2 SMS Protect may leave the customer in an unusable state. To work around this issue, close the title, log in to the affected Battle.net account with a web browser, and change the number to a unique number.
  • Match history and replays do not appear in the career profile.

A few of these bugs can be fixed, avoided, or worked around, but for the most part there is not much players can do to fix these issues. Hopefully Blizzard is able to quickly fix bugs like these so that more players can have a smoother, glitch-free experience.

Overwatch 2 bugs and issues fixed

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The following bugs and issues have been confirmed fixed by Blizzard, meaning they should no longer affect players.

  • Prices for dynamic bundles in certain sections of the Just For You store are now displayed.
  • Players can now invite their friends or recent players using the social UI.
  • Kiriko and Sojourn’s Heroic Victory Poses were meant to be free, so players who purchased them will receive a refund. Their heroic victory poses will be available for free to all players in our next planned release.
  • Players who own Happi Genji can now see they own the skin and equip it. Players who owned Happi Genji before launch and repurchased the skin after launch will have their tokens returned.
    • Blizzard has begun the token return process, which is expected to last until later today.
  • Match history and replays are now present in the career profile.

Overwatch 2 is available now on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch. It is undoubtedly one of best xbox shooters available, and since it’s free, it doesn’t cost anything to check it out. Alternatively, players can purchase the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Bundle which grants access to the Season 1 Battle Pass Premium, 2,000 Overwatch Coins, and a set of unique Legendary Skins.

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