The developers of the popular team-based shooter video game Overwatch 2 have made the decision to permanently disable all Credit rewards for the remainder of the game’s 2023 Anniversary in-game event. Credits are an in-game currency that can be used to unlock cosmetic items like character skins.
The Anniversary event features limited-time cosmetics, game modes, challenges, and double XP rewards for players to enjoy.
According to a statement made by Overwatch 2’s Executive Producer Jared Neuss on social media site X, the development team decided to completely remove the ability to earn Credits from Anniversary challenges after facing issues with reward inconsistencies since the start of the event. Previously, the rewards had been temporarily disabled in an attempt to fix the problems.
The issues stemmed from two distinct bugs – some players reported not receiving any Credits they had earned by completing challenges, while others found themselves rewarded with substantially more Credits than intended. Facing these ongoing problems with the challenges not functioning as expected, the developers ultimately decided to cut Credit rewards for the rest of the event.
Anniversary Event Continues Minus Credit Rewards
While Credits can no longer be gained, Neuss confirmed that all other parts of the special Anniversary event will continue unchanged until the scheduled end date. This includes access to the limited-time game modes, cosmetics, double XP bonuses, and the in-game Anniversary item shop. Only the inconsistent and problematic Credit rewards have been removed.
The 2023 Overwatch 2 Anniversary event began on January 24th and is set to conclude on October 3rd. The special Anniversary shop where players can spend Credits on exclusive items will remain open for an additional two weeks after the event ends, finally closing on October 16th. This coincides with the upcoming launch of Season 7.
This inconvienient issue was first brought to Blizzard’s attention via the public forums and the developers have acted swiftly in addressing the problems for players.
Neuss did not indicate if the development team would be taking back any excess Credits that some players received incorrectly due to the rewards bug. For now, it seems players who benefited from the issues will not be penalised. The game’s director recently revealed that Roadhog would be getting a complete rework at some point.
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While Credit rewards were intended to allow players to unlock Anniversary cosmetics, the elimination of the unreliable challenges will ensure the rest of the in-game event can proceed smoothly until its scheduled conclusion. The developers decided maintaining the integrity of the overall experience was preferable to indefinitely struggling with persistent reward system bugs.
Overwatch 2 is currently available on Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
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