An Overwatch 2 Kiriko glitch allowing her to skip out of bounds on several of the FPS game’s maps is still able to make use of a combo with Mei’s ice wall after the frosty hero returned to action in the latest Overwatch 2 update. A number of persistent Mei ice wall bugs caused Blizzard to temporarily disable Mei for two and a half weeks as they addressed several issues. However, Kiriko can still work in conjunction with her – along with other heroes including Wrecking Ball – to break the game in various ways, leading some fans to ask why this problem with one of the best support heroes right now isn’t being addressed.
The mid-cycle patch for hero shooter Overwatch 2 has arrived to bring balance adjustments for multiple characters, and free Mei from her downtime at last. In particular, Zarya’s particle barrier duration has been reduced, so you should have an easier team taking her on in future. Blizzard announced there’d be a delay to the balance adjustment update earlier this week, which had been scheduled for November 15th.
Everybody mark your calendars: instead of the Christmas holiday season, it’s gonna be Mei. After a brief hiatus to fix a glitch that allowed Mei’s ice wall to boost players to places they shouldn’t be, today’s Overwatch 2 update added her back to the game alongside a host of other hero tweaks and bug fixes.
MEI IS BACK (AND A BUNCH OF OTHER UPDATES!)
Check out the full list of #Overwatch2 Patch Notes.
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) November 17, 2022
In addition to releasing feral Mei mains back onto the general, unsuspecting public, several heroes, including two current meta-defining characters — Genji and Zarya — are also getting hit with the nerf bat.
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Overwatch 2 hero Mei hasn’t been playable since the end of October, when Blizzard took the character offline due to game-breaking bugs caused by her Ice Wall move. While the patch has been pushed back from November 15 to November 17, Blizzard decided to go ahead with the release of a new $10 epic skin for Mei on the 15th, even though she’s still missing from the roster.
The skin release, which was picked up by Kotaku, was part of a scheduled shop refresh that dropped on the same day Mei was intended to be patched back into the game. While Blizzard pushed back a few other features to line up with the new patch date on Thursday, it decided to go ahead with the launch of Mei’s Epic Retro Star Skin.
— Naeri X 나에리 (@OverwatchNaeri) November 15, 2022
The cute skin is just salt in the wound for Mei fans, who have been without the character for over three weeks now. While it’s only two days between the skin’s launch and Mei’s return to the game, the move has been criticized by fans who are already skeptical about the free-to-play sequel’s approach to monetization.
Classic Overwatch hero Mei hasn’t been playable in Overwatch 2 for over two weeks now, and Blizzard has just announced that it’ll need a couple more days to fix the bugs that affected the character. The patch that will bring Mei back into the game is now scheduled for Thursday November 17 at 11 AM PST.
Mei was temporarily removed from the game at the end of October, due to a bug that affected the hero’s Ice Wall ability. While the issue was scheuled to be fixed in a patch on November 15, Blizzard has now delayed the fix, due to extra work required to “resolve a critical issue.”
The patch, now scheduled for two days later on the 17th, will include “upcoming balance changes, bug fixes, including those that affect Mei, and core content updates.” Blizzard has warned that the delay will impact some other features, including “delivery of Overwatch League Viewership Incentives & Perks from the Postseason matches during the period between Oct 30 – Nov 4, along with the rotation of cosmetics in the Overwatch League shop.”
Blizzard has announced it is temporarily disabling Mei from Overwatch 2 following reports of bugs associated with her Ice Wall ability. According to the statement, these bugs have allowed players to reach unintended locations. The team is currently working to address the issues and aims to have the Arctic explorer back in play on November 15.
[#OW2] We are 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. pic.twitter.com/dHP65pMCsX
— Blizzard CS – The Americas (@BlizzardCS) October 31, 2022
In addition to pushing characters to out-of-bounds areas, some players have reported issues with Mei’s Ice Wall failing to block attacks or lift team members. In a clip shared by Twitter user stefayylmao1, running into Mei’s Ice Wall causes Kiriko to enter an undetected area where she can exploit being unable to be hit while taking out enemies.
Mei is not the first character to be pulled from Overwatch 2. Earlier this month, both Torbjorn and Bastion were pulled from the game after players reported bugs with their abilities as well. The pair were reintroduced to the game on October 25, along with the Junkertown map. Blizzard’s estimated downtime for Mei falls right in line with Torbjorn and Bastion’s removal period, giving us a good first look at how bug fixes and other changes will be implemented in the newly released live service title.
Blizzard is putting Mei on ice (thank you). The Overwatch 2 hero will be disabled and unavailable to use in-game until at least December 15 as the developer fixes an issue with her Ice Wall ability.
“We are temporarily disabling Mei to address a bug with her Ice Wall ability that allows heroes to reach unintended locations,” says a tweet from the official Blizzard customer support account. “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’s Ice Wall is supposed to be used to block enemies from attacking you, protect Mei and her team from an on-coming attack, or otherwise gaining advantage from mobile deployable cover. However, the geometry of the move has also allowed players to ‘ride’ the wall and reach places that are – for the time being, at least – supposed to be out of bounds.
Mei has been benched for the next two weeks, as a result of the Overwatch 2 ice wall bug. Blizzard says the bug allows players to reach “unintended locations” in the FPS game and that the developers are working on fixing the issue so the frosty climatologist can rejoin the roster when the next Overwatch 2 patch drops.