Activision Blizzard’s latest financial call revealed devastating news for anyone looking to the next entries in the. be happy Overwatch and Diablo Franchise: Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV have been delayed. While the call didn’t mention any specific dates, the careful wording of the delay announcement makes it clear that these games don’t expect these games to add to revenue for 2022, which would move both titles into 2023.
The delays are due to the new leadership at Blizzard (which is itself linked to the California lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging a toxic and abusive culture), and when the teams looked at these releases “freshly”, the teams found them determined that more time is needed not only to deliver the games itself, but also to set up long-term support for both games beyond the launch date.
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During the question-and-answer portion of the investor appeal, Blizzard President Mike Ybarra refused to give more definitive release windows for both games other than reiterating that they didn’t expect the titles to be included in 2022 earnings. This represents Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV no earlier than 2023.
Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon in 2019. The title would mix with it Overwatch 1, traverse multiplayer elements while adding their own single player and PVE elements so the game can focus more on them Overwatchs Tradition and History. Blizzard made a number of updates too Overwatch 2 in the years since then, but it doesn’t look like it might be released anytime soon. Overwatch 2 also lost director Jeff Kaplan and executive producer earlier this year.
Diablo IV was also revealed at BlizzCon 2019, with few updates on the title since then. It also got a new director after the old one went against him earlier this year amid Activision Blizzard lawsuits and misconduct allegations. At the beginning of this year, Blizzard released a revised version of. released Diablo ii.
Both Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV are now expected to be in 2023 at the earliest, and both will provide support for “many years” beyond their respective launches.