Blizzard has announced that it is temporarily removing Overwatch 2 hero Mei from the game due to a bug. The character is expected to return to the game alongside the next patch, which is due out on November 15.
"We are temporarily disabling Mei to address a bug with her Ice Wall ability that allows heroes to reach unintended locations," Blizzard stated in a tweet from its customer service 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."
[#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
The bug allowed Mei to use her wall to get her to locations outside the gameplay boundaries, which frequently resulted in players being able to hide out of sight from opponents and earn easy damage and kills. The exploit can be seen in this clip posted on Reddit.
This move comes just weeks after heroes Bastion and Torbjörn were also removed from the game for bugs that were causing serious disruptions to gameplay as well. Their removal was one of many issues that plagued the game's rocky launch, including extensive queue times and incessant DDoS attacks.
Although the team is working dilligently on character bugs, they won't be looking to rebalance any of Overwatch 2's heros for another month or so. In a recent blog post, Blizzard stated that they'll be looking at that type of in-depth rebalancing no sooner than December.
In our Overwatch 2 review, we called the game "a very fun team-based FPS, packed full of charm and love for the world it takes place in."
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