Overwatch 2 Devs Put Mei Out Of Action Until 15 November

The scientist gets put out of commission.

Overwatch 2 has just been treated to a global launch on October 4, 2022, coming in as a direct successor to the original Overwatch that came out in 2016. Although the game has been met with a fair amount of controversy in its first week, the hero shooter has still managed to break the first Overwatch’s record of peak daily player count

To this date though, Overwatch 2 remains a hot topic in terms of its playability. No complaints regarding the combat gameplay and the way the core mechanics of the title have been improved in comparison with its predecessor, but a multiplayer-only title like has several other accountable factors to take care of.

Somewhere along the lines of various error codes, bugs, and character imbalances, Overwatch 2 is receiving a negative outcry from the fans of the franchise. At least the game sports a free-to-play business model—probably the only thing that’s making the team-based shooter rise to notoriety. 

The Rundown: 

  • Overwatch 2 is a free-to-play hero shooter that came out early last month. Ever since then, the game has managed to amass millions of players. As a matter of fact, Overwatch 2 crossed 25 million players just 10 days after launch.
  • However, in a span of just one month in which the game has been released, Overwatch 2 developers have disabled the third in-game hero character, and this time, it’s Mei, the ice queen. 
  • The Blizzard CS team has made this official in a Twitter post online. 

Overwatch 2 remains in a bothered state at the moment. The r/Overwatch 2 subreddit has been ranting on the situation ever since the title has come out and exacerbating things even further is recurrent character removal from the game with Mei being the third one. 

Taking to Twitter to make the surprising announcement, Blizzard CS says that it’s “temporarily disabling Mei to address a bug with her Ice Wall ability that allows heroes to reach unintended locations. 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.” 

Mei in Overwatch 2 is a fairly powerful hero with an albeit B-grade ranking in our Overwatch 2 Best and Worst Hero Tier List. She relies on her defensive capabilities to grant its team the upper hand in match-ups, and has an exceptionally robust player ability called Ice Wall.

Quite titularly, Ice Wall is a protective mechanism offered by Mei that can act as a shield for sheltering the player against the barrage of incoming enemy attacks. For those who prefer Damage class characters in Overwatch 2, Mei is a considerable option.

The only problem is, Mei’s Ice Wall has been bugged to a unacceptable extent. Upon successfully initating the player ability, the character would “reach unintended locations,” sometimes going out of bounds and getting stuck there. Definitely a no-no in every case.

However, what infuriates players significantly is the fact that the developers have pulled the character from the game altogether. Mei is, therefore, currently not playable with no card appearing for her in the character picker menu.     

They need so much time to fix bugs, jesus. Gonna start trying to find a bug on characters I hate playing against so they can just remove them from the game,” writes one confused and apparently enraged Overwatch 2 player. 

Although some Overwatch 2 patches managed to fix some of the game’s biggest issues, the glitches and problems seem to be periodic. At the time of the title’s release, Blizzard started offering a charm and a skin as compensation for Overwatch 2’s major launch issues.

Do let us know in the comments section ahead what you think of the game at this stage. 

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John Rooney is a News Writer on eXputer who’s been keeping up with the gaming and technology industries since he was 14. If there’s a buzz in the industry, John’s news report will be among the first you’ll read on the internet. He’s got a Bachelor's in Journalism and has several years worth of experience reporting on the gaming industry. Experience: 6+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Published 200+ News Stories ||

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