How to fix the “different version of ‘Overwatch’” issue in ‘Overwatch 2’

Overwatch 2. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment.

Overwatch 2 launched last night (October 4), however it’s not been an entirely smooth release. Currently, a message reading “player is in a different version of Overwatch” is making it difficult to play the sequel with pals – here’s how to fix it.

If the option to invite your friends to a group in Overwatch 2 is greyed out and you get a message claiming they’re playing a different version of the game, open up the game’s chat and type “/invite” with their ID.

By going through the invite system manually rather than using the game’s interface, it should bypass the error message and allow you to invite your friends to a group.

Beyond that bug, Overwatch 2 is currently struggling with several other problems. Blizzard Entertainment’s known issues page reveals that Overwatch 2 players are experiencing issues with connectivity problems and missing cosmetics, while several of the game’s mnaps have been disabled.

Yesterday, Blizzard president Mike Ybarra acknowledged that Overwatch 2 has been targetted with a “mass” Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

Overwatch 2. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment.
Overwatch 2. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment.

“Unfortunately we are experiencing a mass DDoS attack on our servers,” confirmed Ybarra on Twitter. “Teams are working hard to mitigate/manage. This is causing a lot of drop/connection issues.”

Earlier today (October 5), Overwatch 2 developer Aaron Keller shared an update confirming further issues with DDoS attacks.

“We’re steadily making progress on server issues and stability, as well as working through a second DDoS attacK,” said Keller. “We’re all hands on deck and will continue to work throughout the night. Thank you for your patience – we’ll share more info as it becomes available.”

Though launch day issues are making it difficult to play, the game itself is looking good – our review of Overwatch 2 awarded the sequel four out of five stars, thanks to some smart tweaks that distinguish it from the first Overwatch.

In other gaming news, CD Projekt Red CEO and co-founder Marcin Iwiński is stepping down after 30 years with the company.

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