Blizzard says Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 won’t be here until 2023
This was pretty much inevitable.
Activision Blizzard has found itself in the spotlight after the revelation of a toxic workplace environment lawsuit in July that included sexual harassment and unequal pay for women. Now, the highly anticipated sequels Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 have been delayed until 2023.
According to a new report from Kotaku, Blizzard shared the news of the delays in an investor call earlier this week. As for the reasoning behind the delays, it seems to be a combination of things.
Blizzard has seen a sort of mass exodus from the company after the recent revelations surrounding its work environment. The company parted ways with Diablo 4 director Jesse McCree back in August as a result of the lawsuit and Overwatch 2’s executive producer left the company in September.
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Additionally, the company cited the COVID-19 pandemic as another contributing factor to the games’ delays. Just about every major game of the last year and a half has seen a delay of some sort thanks to the pandemic that forced many employees to make the shift to working from home.
Combine that with the dumpster fire that’s been going on inside of Blizzard, and you have a recipe for guaranteed game delays.
Despite delays in these games, the company says it is “still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content” next year. But for fans of Diablo and Overwatch, this is definitely a bummer. However, in the case of Diablo 4, we’ve already been waiting nearly a decade for the game to come out, so if it needs one extra year to be fully polished, then so be it.
I think the real danger that Blizzard could run into with these delays is with Overwatch 2. From what we’ve seen so far, the game isn’t really changing a lot from the original. The company’s got to be careful to not make gamers wait all this time and have Overwatch 2 resemble more of a glorified DLC than an actual sequel.
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