What happened now? Bad news for anyone looking to play Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2: Activision Blizzard has announced that both games are on hold, with no official launch windows. In all likelihood, we will not see the next entries in each respective series until 2023 at the earliest.
Neither the highly anticipated Diablo 4 nor Overwatch 2 had official release dates, but Activision Blizzard said during its recent Q3 2021 earnings report, “While we still plan to deliver a significant amount of Blizzard content next year, we are now we plan to release Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV later than originally planned. “
The company said the delay was due to the fact that more work could be put into game development. “It became clear that some of Blizzard’s content slated for next year would benefit from more development time to reach its full potential,” the report said.
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– Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) November 2, 2021
When Blizzard first unveiled Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV at Blizzcon 2019, they said the games should arrive sometime in 2021, but it looks like none of them will be out until 2023.
The delay is not unexpected. Diablo 4 lost its Game Director (Luis Barriga) and Lead Designer (Jesse McCree) in an ongoing sexual harassment / discrimination lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Housing and Housing. The Overwatch character McCree, named after the designer, was recently renamed Cole Cassidy.
Things aren’t going well for Overwatch 2 either. Director Jeff Kaplan left the studio in April, while Overwatch executive producer Chaco Sonny left in September.
Earlier this year, Blizzard announced that Diablo Immortal mobile spin-off was also delayed until the first half of 2022.
Activision added that the delays in Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 will give the teams behind them “additional time to complete production and continue to build up their creative resources to support games after launch. [the] releases admiration and captivates their communities for years to come. “
There were other disturbing news in Activision Blizzard’s income statement. Jen Oneal, who was promoted to co-head with Mike Ibarra just three months ago after President J. Allen Brack left, announced that she is also leaving the company under fire.
Oneal wrote that Blizzard’s employees “are working on meaningful and sustainable change” inspired her to “go out and explore how I can do more so that games and diversity intersect, and hopefully have a broader impact on the industry that will benefit Blizzard (and other studios). … “