Overwatch 2 disables Wrecking Ball after he starts crashing people's games

Overwatch Wrecking Ball
Overwatch Wrecking Ball (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

What you need to know

  • Blizzard has disabled Wrecking Ball in the Overwatch 2 beta following the discovery of an exploit that allowed players to use the hero to crash people's games.
  • Specifically, players could crash the game of anyone connected to the server by grappling the floor directly underneath Wrecking Ball while midair and in Roll mode.
  • Right now, it's unclear when Blizzard will develop a fix for the issue and make Wrecking Ball playable again.

Overwatch 2 developer Blizzard has disabled the popular tank hero Wrecking Ball after an exploit was discovered in the Overwatch 2 beta that allowed players to crash the game client of everyone connected to the server. This means that, until Blizzard develops and deploys a fix for this issue, Wrecking Ball will not be available in the Overwatch 2 beta's Quick Play, Skirmish, Deathmatch, or Training modes. Wrecking Ball remains playable on the live Overwatch client, however.

Performing the exploit was quite simple, as all players had to do was grapple the ground directly underneath Wrecking Ball while he was midair and in Roll mode. This glitch was somewhat difficult to execute by just jumping and then trying to grapple the ground, but it was extremely easy to perform if players had high ground to roll off of first, as it would give them more time in the air to grapple the floor. You can see what the exploit looks like from a victim's perspective in the video below:

Right now, it's unclear when Blizzard will be able to fix this issue and make Wrecking Ball playable again. If the issue ends up being particularly difficult to solve, it's possible that Wrecking Ball won't be included in the Overwatch 2 beta patch being used for the opening weekend of the Overwatch League on May 5-8. Hopefully the developers are able to resolve the issue sooner rather than later.

The Overwatch 2 beta represents the Overwatch community's first taste of Overwatch 2, a massive (and free) overhaul to the original Overwatch that will rework many of the game's characters and shift the PvP to a 5v5 format by removing a tank from each team. If you'd like to try out the Overwatch 2 beta, you'll need to own a copy of the original game and then sign up for it. Overwatch is one of the best PC games available, so you should definitely pick it up if you don't have it already.

Brendan Lowry

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