Activision Blizzard has revealed that it is delaying the launch of both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.
The news came to light in the company’s Q3 2021 earnings report to investors published last night. “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.”
They added “We believe giving the teams some extra time to complete production and continue growing their creative resources to support the titles after launch will ensure that these releases delight and engage their communities for many years into the future.”
No new timeframe was given for either game’s release. However, the publisher says that “these decisions will push out the financial uplift that we had expected to see next year”. This seems to indicate that we probably shouldn’t expect to see either title until 2023.
To say it’s been a rocky year for both games’ development would be something of an understatement. The hero shooter and action RPG sequels were both pushed out of 2021 back in February. Overwatch 2‘s executive producer also departed the company back in September.
And of course all this is also in the midst of the company dealing with its sexual harassment lawsuit against the State of California. The resultant fallout saw the departure of Diablo 4‘s lead producer and director.
There was yet another setback for both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 following this delay news, in fact. Blizzard co-leader Jen Oneal announced her departure just three months after she replaced the outgoing J. Allen Brack. Mike Ybarra will now lead the company alone following the news.