Overwatch 2: How to Fix "Player Is In A Different Version Of Overwatch"

There is a bug in Overwatch 2 that prevents you from creating a group with your friends because a "Player is in a different version of Overwatch". Here is what you can do when this error pops up.

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Overwatch 2: A "Different Version" bug prevents to play with friends. | © Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch 2 has just been released and still has a lot of bugs. If you're having trouble playing with your friends in a group, because "they are in a different version of Overwatch", there is probably an issue with the game rather than with you or your friends. Here is how to fix "Player Is In A Different Version Of Overwatch" in Overwatch 2.

How To Fix "Player is in a different version of Overwatch"

Many players have reported numerous bugs in the new Overwatch 2. This is quite common with recently released games, so we can count on Blizzard to correct all occurring issues within the next few weeks. But until then, we'll have to find our own solutions to bypass annoying bugs.

Update the Game

If you can't invite your friends to a group because they are apparently "in a different version of Overwatch", it might be the case that you need to update Overwatch. Both you and your friends can check if you can update the game via Battle.Net launcher. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open the Battle.Net launcher
  2. Go to Overwatch
  3. Klick the settings-icon next to the "Play" button.
  4. Select "Check for updates"
  5. If you already have the latest version of Overwatch installed, a little text field saying "up to date" should appear below the "Play" button

If both you and your friends have the latest version of Overwatch and don't need an update, then the issue here is a bug in Overwatch 2. But luckily, we know an easy way to bypass it.


Bypass The Bug With A Simple Chat-Command

After I found out how to avoid the bug, I just laughed about how ridiculously easy the solution is. But let's get to the point, here is how to do it:

  1. Go to the Overwatch main menu
  2. Open the chat by pressing "enter"
  3. Write "/invite [your friends Battle Tag]"
  4. Send it into the chat

Now, your friend should have received a group invitation from you and can easily accept it. I hope this quick guide on how to fix this bug in Overwatch 2 helped you. If both solutions didn't work out for you, it's probably best to just wait until Blizzard finds a solution.

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