Overwatch 2 And Diablo 4 Delayed Into 2023

Overwatch 2 And Diablo 4 Delayed Into 2023
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Activision Blizzard announced during an investor call today that Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 won’t be arriving as soon as originally planned, but didn’t provide a new timeframe for when the two big sequels will eventually come out.

“While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning for a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisaged,” the company said. The delays were blamed on changes in leadership both at Blizzard and on the game development teams. Diablo 4 in particular lost its director and lead designer over the summer.

“It has become apparent that some of the the Blizzard content planned for next year will benefit from more development time to reach its full potential,” Activision Blizzard said.

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Both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were revealed back in 2019 and expected to be coming in the near future, despite neither having firm release dates. In addition to the management shakeups at Blizzard following a California lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination, the delays also come after the covid-19 pandemic caused production issues across the video game industry as teams shifted to working from home.

Even prior to the fallout around workplace misconduct, Blizzard suffered from a massive exodus in senior talent, including people like Jeff Kaplan, the director for the first Overwatch. Those departures apparently aren’t over, however. Today, Blizzard also announced that Jen Oneal, recently promoted to co-director of the studio after previous president J. Allen Brack resigned in August, would be leaving at the end of the year, less than six months into her new tenure.

Activision Blizzard confirmed that an “early build” of Overwatch 2 will still be used for the start of the Overwatch League’s fifth competitive season when it gets underway next spring.

Comments

  • Translation: “If we delay things long enough, people will forget how terrible our company has been to women and will go back to being the payers we want back”

    • We here at activision blizzard are entirely metric driven and our metrics say that the best release window is while we are between scandals and not during.

  • Well, at least you have to give it to them for delaying. Some companies would just push it out the door regardless.

  • Man… after playing Blizzard games since their first outings with Rock and Roll Racing all the way through to even getting the D2 Remaster, I think I’m done with Blizzard.

    I never thought I’d say that… but they’re just a hollow shell of their former selves now.

  • ‘let’s just farm some more of our sub/DLC’, not much of a surprise, never expected a decent release on Blizzard’s side of things since Activision bought them. Blizzards quality has pretty much gone down hill since.

  • Doesn’t really matter, they’re still scumbags regardless of when the games come out. No point buying anything unless Blizzard loses all the staff that keep doing all the horrible things.

  • blizzard spacing out their releases so far into the future so that hopefully their latest horrific scandal can die out and they can reliably slink back into the scene with no substantial changes. shitty company. shitty practices.

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