Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 has been delayed, Blizzard Entertainment announced on Tuesday, and the long-awaited sequels may not be released until 2023, based on comments made during an Activision Blizzard investor presentation.
“Although we are still planning to deliver a significant amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally anticipated, “Activision Blizzard said Tuesday.” These are two of the most anticipated titles in the industry, and our teams have made great strides toward completion in recent quarters. But we believe that giving teams a little extra time to complete production and continue to expand 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. “
Blizzard Entertainment had not officially announced release dates for Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4, except to say earlier this year that none of the titles would be released in 2021. Both games were announced at BlizzCon 2019, and Overwatch 2 was widely expected to arrive sometime in 2022.
Overwatch fans will get some sort of preview Overwatch 2‘s new rules of the game next spring, when the Overwatch League will run on an “early build” of the sequel’s new 5v5 competing multiplayer mode.
Diablo enthusiasts, on the other hand, recently got a remastered version of the second game in the series in the form of Diablo 2: Resurrection. Blizzard Entertainment is also working on a mobile spinoff called Diablo Immortal, which recently went into closed beta testing on Android in Canada, Australia, South Korea, Japan and China.
In its announcement of delays, Activision Blizzard mentioned the work “with new leadership in Blizzard” and within the Diablo and Overwatch franchises as contributors to the delays. Both franchises have seen shakeups in 2021. Diablo 4‘s original game director was “abandoned” by Blizzard in August in the wake of a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment by the game publisher. He was replaced by a new game director in October. Overwatch has seen similar leadership changes; the game’s original director left Blizzard in April, followed by its CEO in September.