Overwatch 2’s mid-season update has been delayed at the last minute, leaving original hero Mei unplayable for the time being.
A post on the official forums confirmed the patch has been pushed back due to an unexplained “critical issue” that was discovered shortly before it was due to go live.
“Today’s patch is delayed as we work to resolve a critical issue,” Blizzard confirmed. “We’ll provide an update here and set the patch live as soon as the problem is addressed.” The patch will now go live on November 17 at 11am PST, so Mei mains won’t have too long to wait.
Mei was removed from the game earlier this month due to a bug that allowed her to reach out-of-bounds locations using her Ice Wall ability. Essentially, players were able to exploit this and hide out of reach of other players.
“We are temporarily disabling Mei to address a bug with her Ice Wall ability that allows heroes to reach unintended locations,” Blizzard said at the time. “We are working to address these issues as quickly as possible and aim to bring Mei back in our next upcoming patch which is set for November 15.”
The delayed patch includes some other changes too, including “upcoming balance changes, bug fixes, including those that affect Mei, and core content updates we have planned for this patch,” said Blizzard.
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“This delay also impacts the delivery of Overwatch League Viewership Incentives and Perks from the postseason matches during the period between October 30 to November 4, along with the rotation of cosmetics in the Overwatch League shop.” Daily and weekly challenges, as well as the usual shop refresh, continued as planned.
IGN’s Overwatch 2 review gave it 8/10 and said: “Overwatch 2 breathes new life into what was once the sharpest multiplayer shooter around, before it had its edges severely dulled by Blizzard’s attention shifting away.”
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