The fans of Overwatch are thrilled to finally welcome Overwatch 2, but some of the newest additions have freaked people out over privacy and ‘Big Brother is watching us’ concerns. The newest Overwatch game could record the player’s voice during the game. What a creepy innovation! Some folks are not happy and are speaking out about it, suggesting it’s an invasion of privacy.
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It’s all a part of the so-called “Defense Matrix” mechanism to deal with disruptive players and cheaters. Some parts of Overwatch 2 are gonna require players to enter their phone numbers and agree to have their voices recorded during the game. The game is expected to see the light of the day on October 4. The Blizzard shooting game will be free to play.
In Overwatch 2, the teams will drop to five players per team. The biggest change has been made with tanks that will be more powerful, but teams will get to have one tank only.
Blizzard has obviously worked on the security system. Namely, all players will have to verify their Battle.net accounts and attach a phone number to their accounts. If they don’t do so, they won’t be able to play the game. This is one of the ways to prevent certain players from having multiple accounts, said Game Rant.
VOIPs and pre-paid phones can’t be used for Overwatch 2. The player who plans to play the latest Overwatch on the box version will also have to add their phone numbers. The whole point of this is to prevent banned players from returning to the game and prevent the “unforeseen event of an account compromise.”
The part that is the most concerning is the voice recording. Namely, Blizzard announced that the voice recording would be transcribed via a program and analyzed for any signs of disruptive behavior. After that, Blizzard promised to delete the file. No long-term recordings will be kept.
The Overwatch community is expected to frown upon such a radical idea. The word is that this approach could cause lots of data abuse which is not something that doesn’t happen in the gaming world. Watch your language, fellas, you are being recorded!