Overwatch 2 players beg devs not to make “overwhelming” Quicker Play changes permanent

Emily Stander
Winston Raging in Overwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch 2 hosted the Quick Play: Hacked – Quicker Play event this past weekend, and players were not happy with the results of the experiment. 

The Overwatch 2 Quick Play: Hacked event did not go down well with fans. In the past, Blizzard has had a PTR (Player Test Region) and an Experimental Card to include changes to heroes and game modes and get player feedback

However, the devs tried a new kind of Experimental Card. Instead of making it a separate mode, they implemented changes into Quick Play that players could test out from January 12-14. Classic Quick Play was unavailable during this time. 

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The reason Blizzard gave for doing the changes this way was to get more players involved in the experimental changes to different game modes. However, fans were not happy with how the event played out. 

In response to a post on X (formerly Twitter), players took to the comments to tell Blizzard to bring the Experimental Card back instead and not force them into a new mode that they didn’t enjoy. 

User ‘LordMemeAlots’ commented, “This is exactly the sort of thing Experiment mode was made for. Stop trying to force bad changes on us.”

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The issue most players found with this method of testing was that they had no other way to play Overwatch except in Arcade modes or in Competitive. Since Quick Play is meant to be the casual mode, this was a major issue with most players. A lot of them even stopped playing after trying Quick Play: Hacked out for one game. 

“I played ONE game and had to stop because it was too much too fast and all too overwhelming,” a fan commented on the post. 

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Not only did players have an issue with the forced method of putting the experimental changes in Quick Play, but they also felt the changes themselves were bad. The increased speed of the games meant that some players had games where there wasn’t enough time to build up Ults, while others said that the games heavily favored the attacking team.

“I was very open to this experiment. But after playing a few hours, I can honestly say this is some of the least fun I’ve had in this game. Most games are decided after the first team fight, and half the time the match ends before anyone is able to build their ultimate,” a player commented.

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As a result of the changes Blizzard decided on, players were finding themselves not wanting to play Quick Play at all and avoided it for the rest of the time the changes were live. Some players merely commented “please stop this madness,” calling for the return of Classic Quick Play.

Blizzard has not made any response to fans’ outcry as yet, and they haven’t made any indication if they are going to continue testing new changes to the game in this way. We will keep you updated with any changes that come in the future. 

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For more on Overwatch 2, read about the new self-healing passive for all characters and how to change your menu background.

About The Author

Emily is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. Most of the time, you can find her playing RPGs and platformers - but she enjoys engaging in the rage of Overwatch 2 or Apex Legends from time to time. Emily has a Masters in Media Studies and has been working as a journalist for over 5 years, both freelance and full-time. You can contact her at [email protected]