Blizzard offers free Overwatch 2 DLC and double XP as apology

Blizzard offers free Overwatch 2 DLC as well as an upcoming double XP weekend as an apology for all the game’s troubles at launch.

The arrival of Overwatch 2 was supposed to be a joyous occasion for fans. This was supposed to be a new and improved version of the multiplayer hero-shooter that they knew and loved. However, that ended up being far from the truth. At least during its launch.

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It’s been a troubling start!

Reports of DDoS attacks causing server crashes certainly did not help the long queue times as thousands of fans waited in a digital line to play the shooter. There were also reports of fans being unhappy with the excessive grind related to the game’s battle pass.

Then there was the issue of Activision Blizzard requiring your mobile number to play the game. This mobile phone requirement was implemented to make it easier to ban toxic players as well as protect players from unlawful access to the accounts attached to Overwatch 2.

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This method was then implemented for the upcoming Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 reboot. However, that requirement was adjusted for new players only needing to provide a valid mobile number. Which was still far from perfect.

Blizzard apologises to Overwatch 2 fans

As reported by Eurogamer, President of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Ybarra tweeted to fans “Let’s try that again – thank you, Heroes.

The tweet provided a link to the official Overwatch website issuing an apology to fans for all the chaos surrounding the launch of the sequel as it evolved into a free-to-play title.

A double XP weekend is on the way

We apologise for any issues players experienced around the game’s launch,” said Ybarra in a blog post. “To help make up for any lost time, we’re planning to run several Double Match XP weekends: we will confirm the specific dates for these soon.

Furthermore, Overwatch 2 players were informed that they will be gifted with a free “Cursed Captain Reaper” Legendary skin as well as the “Health Pack Weapon Charm”.

How do I claim the free Overwatch 2 DLC offered by Blizzard?

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All you have to do to claim the free Overwatch 2 DLC is log in to the game from October 25th before Season One concludes. According to a post on GameWatcher, it is estimated that Season One will end on December 6th, 2022.

“Once again, we thank you for joining us for this new chapter. Your feedback has been vital, and we’ll continue to listen to our community,” concluded Ybarra.

We’re a live service now, and that gives us the ability to continue to make changes at a faster pace than in the past to help make Overwatch 2 the best experience it can be.

There’s so much on the horizon and beyond that, we can’t wait to show you. We’ll be back later in the week with an update on other game feedback we’ve been seeing around the community. Until then!

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Overwatch 2 is available for PC, PlayStation, Xbox as well as Nintendo Switch.

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