When Blizzard Announced the Sequel to its Team Hero Shooter Overwatch in 2019, it became clear that this was still a long way off.
Now it is being postponed again – the company announced in a recent call to investors that it is planning a “later launch” for Overwatch 2 so that the game reaches its full potential during the development cycle. This follows from the fact that Activision Blizzard confirmed in February this year that the game will not appear this year.
The latest update also includes a delay Diablo ivthough there was no mention of the release of this game on the Nintendo platform.
As we worked with the new leadership at Blizzard and within the franchises themselves, especially in certain key creative roles, it became apparent that some Blizzard content planned for next year would benefit from more development time to reach its full potential.
While we still plan on delivering a significant amount of Blizzard content next year, we are currently planning to launch a later release for Overwatch 2 and Diablo iv than originally intended.
These are two of the most anticipated games in the industry, and our teams have made great strides in completing them in recent quarters. But we believe that giving teams extra time to complete production and continuing to build up their creative resources to support games after launch will ensure that these releases will delight and engage their communities for years to come.
These decisions will lead to the financial recovery we expected to see next year. But we are confident that this is the right course of action for our people, our players, and the long-term success of our franchises.
In terms of previous developments, Overwatch CEO Jeff Kaplan left the company after 19 years earlier this year. He was replaced by Aaron Keller, who announced that Overwatch 2 will remove the second tank slot from PVP teams.
More recently, the development team renamed the hero McCree, who is now known as Cole Cassidy. The character was originally named after one of the former employees involved in a recent harassment and discrimination lawsuit brought against Activision Blizzard by the state of California.
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