A DDOS attack against Activision Blizzard brought down the company's PC servers for hours, leaving many users unable to play games including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch

DDOS Attack Takes Major Activision Blizzard Games Offline for Hours

A DDOS attack against Activision Blizzard brought down the company's PC servers for hours, leaving many users unable to play games including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.
Activision Blizzard first acknowledged the issue in a tweet at 12:15am Pacific on September 14, saying it was investigating an issue affecting its authentication servers that was causing slow or failed login attempts for players.
Around 40 minutes later, however, Activision Blizzard confirmed that its PC servers were down as a result of a DDOS attack. "We continue to actively monitor an ongoing DDOS attack which is affecting latency/connections to our games," it said in a follow-up tweet (below).

The issue is resolved now, with the servers being down for roughly three hours and 30 minutes, at least from when Activision Blizzard first reported the problem. It's not clear who is respnsible for the attack, or if there was a specific motive.
Alongside the previously mentioned games, Hearthstone and Diablo: Immortal were also affected by the server outages.
The publisher has a busy few months on the way, as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2, and Overwatch 2 are all due to be released in 2022. A Call of Duty showcase taking place tomorrow, September 15, is expected to shed new light on both upcoming titles.
Every Activision Blizzard Game in Development<h3>Diablo Immortal (June 2)</h3>
Blizzard’s next game is Diablo Immortal, a free-to-play Diablo spinoff coming to mobile and PC (open beta) on June 2. The MMO action-RPG tells an all-new story set between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3.<br><br>
Immortal features six character classes: Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, and Wizard. For the first time in the series, you’ll be able to change classes mid-game while retaining your overall progress. Additional classes will be added after launch, according to Blizzard.<br><br>
Wyatt Cheng, previously the patch lead for Diablo 3, serves as game director for Immortal. Rod Fergusson, meanwhile, is overseeing the project as Blizzard’s general manager of the Diablo franchise.<br><br>
Diablo Immortal was notoriously revealed at BlizzCon 2018 to a wave of negativity from fans expecting to see the next proper Diablo game, which would be revealed at the following year's event. We came away from some hands-on time with Diablo Immortals thinking it showed “enormous amounts of promise.”<h3>Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (October 8)</h3>
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the next entry in Activision’s historic FPS franchise. MW2 will be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot.<br><br>
While Activision has made MW2 official, few concrete details have been revealed about the next Call of Duty. What we do know is that Infinity Ward is once again leading development on the sequel, reportedly with the support of 10 other studios, using a new game engine. The developer has also revealed the MW2 logo (left).<br><br>
2019’s Modern Warfare campaign ends with Price requesting the formation of Task Force 141 (the protagonists of 2009's original MW2), likely setting up another story with Price, Soap, Ghost, and Gaz.<br><br>
Infinity Ward is simultaneously leading development on the next iteration of Call of Duty Warzone (more on the next slide). Despite the pending acquisition of Activision by Microsoft, MW2 will be released on both Xbox and PlayStation consoles.<h3>WoW Classic: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion (2022)</h3>
Blizzard is also working on an updated version of its Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft Classic. As with the expansion's original release in 2008, Wrath of the Lich King adds the Northrend map; new dungeons, including Violet Hold and the Culling of Stratholme; new raids; an achievement system; and the Death Knight character class.<br><br>
Unlike the 2008 version, Blizzard’s Wrath of the Lich King revival will not add a dungeon finder system. This decision was made to “keep what the team perceives to be the spirit of the WoW Classic community,” according to game lead Brian Birmingham.<br><br>
Wrath of the Lich King ushered in the most popular era in WoW history, resulting in 2010’s peak subscriber count of 12 million players. The following expansion, Cataclysm, represented a drastic shift for the MMO. Blizzard has said it’s open to revisiting Cataclysm in WoW Classic if the community wants it.<h3>Call of Duty Warzone 2 (2022)</h3>
Alongside Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward is developing the next iteration of Call of Duty Warzone. Activision describes Warzone 2 as “a massive evolution of [battle royale], with an all-new playspace and new sandbox mode.” Warzone 2 is being “built from the ground-up,” according to Activision, and will feature “groundbreaking innovations.” It will once again be free to play.<br><br>
Warzone has been a massive success for Activision, amassing over 100 million players as of April 2021 — a number that’s certainly grown over the past year — and helping propel the company to record-high revenues in 2021.<br><br>
The sequel is coming at a time when players are experiencing numerous issues with the original Warzone — issues Infinity Ward vows to fix with Warzone 2.<h3>Diablo 4 (2023 or later)</h3>
The fourth mainline entry in Blizzard’s legendary action-RPG series takes players to Sanctuary, a more open-world setting that exists separate from heaven and hell.<br><br>
Diablo 4 is said to be tapping into the franchise's darker roots; former game director Luis Barriga described the game as gothic, medieval, and
Barriga also explained how Diablo 4 pulls from the series’ legacy, saying it's inspired by Diablo 1’s sense of dread, Diablo 2’s class line-up and loot chase, and Diablo 3’s combat.

Diablo 4 will have five playable classes at launch, four of which have already been revealed: Barbarian, Druid, Sorceress, and Rogue. In a first for the series, players will be able to customize their characters’ looks and armor colors — a system that lends itself to Diablo 4’s cosmetic-only microtransactions.

In addition to a linear story campaign, Diablo 4’s shared open world is filled with crafting, trading, world events, side quests, PVP areas, and camps. Sanctuary comprises five distinct regions, all of which feature weather effects and day/night cycles.

Enemy families in Diablo 4 include the Cultists, the Drowned, the Fallen, and the Cannibals. Series villain Lilith also returns as an antagonist in Diablo 4." src="/uploads/2022/09/14/a-ddos-attack-against-activision-blizzard-brought-down-the-companyx27s-pc-servers-for-hours-leaving-many-users-unable-to-play-games-including-call-of-duty-world-of-warcraft-and-overwatch-5.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/>
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