If you’re trying to play Overwatch right now, just after the new “Uprising” event’s launch, maybe go take a walk or play something else.
The freshly launched update, which came in the form of a patch, seems to have mucked things up for Blizzard Entertainment behind the scenes. As a result, a handful of core Overwatch features will be disabled until any gremlins in the system are rooted out.
Specifically, Custom Game saves, 3v3 Elimination, and 6v6 Capture the Flag are all shut down until further notice. Blizzard’s tweet blames “our latest patch” for the issue, which affects all version of the game: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
There are other issues plaguing Overwatch that don’t get a mention in the tweet. One user notes — and I can confirm — that 1v1 Mystery Duels aren’t currently available in the game’s Arcade mode.
There’s also the more general issue of not being able to sign in. Multiple Mashable staffers — myself included — have been greeted by a new-to-Overwatch server queue message when trying to get into the game.
Prior to that — in the half-hour after the Uprising patch went live — I wasn’t even able to get this far. The game would try to connect to a server and then hang on “Entering game” until it booted me to a login prompt. Entering my name and password (and authenticator code) at that point merely repeated the process.
That issue seems to have been worked out, and was likely a symptom of the heavy traffic Overwatch servers experienced as fans converged on the game to check out the new event. Uprising takes a page from Blizzard’s 2016 Halloween event, offering up a 4-player cooperative activity in which Tracer, Reinhardt, Mercy, and Torbjörn all work together to take down attacking Omnic robots.
Blizzard will eventually fix this. Check out all the glorious, new Uprising skins you’ll be able to gamble for in Overwatch Loot Boxes once that happens.
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