Blizzard has yet to give out any alternate release dates for Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2.
This is terrible news for the fans who have been waiting for these games for so many years now. Blizzard has just announced the postponement of sequels Overwatch 2 et Diablo 4, the two most anticipated studio titles of recent years. It was during its quarterly review that Blizzard declared that it would be difficult for the studio to complete these games within the time it had originally set.
« Working with the new leaders of Blizzard and the franchises themselves, especially in some key creative roles, it has become evident that some Blizzard content slated for next year will have more development time to reach its full potential. ».
However, Blizzard does not mention new release dates, although the games concerned had never had any official. However, we expected a release for 2022, which does not seem to be the case anymore. For Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, it will now be necessary to aim a release for 2023 at the earliest.
What are the reasons for these postponements?
If the fans need anything after such news, it is well explained. In its report, Blizzard mentions some reasons for the postponement of Diablo 4 and D’Overwatch 2, dont « high voluntary turnover ” and “ the departure of a certain number of people throughout the company “. This directly refers to the scandal that has affected the studio for several months.
Indeed, the community is aware that Blizzard is currently facing numerous complaints for harassment and sexual assault and the creation of a toxic work environment. If this is already shaking up the organization within the company, we must add some important departures, such as that of Jeff Kaplan, former director on Overwatch 2, which was closely followed by its producer Chacko Sonny.
For Diablo 4, we can also note the departure of Luis Barriga and Jesse McCree, which also earned a name change for one of the Overwatch characters. So there is a lot of upheaval in a short time, which disrupts the development of games and therefore their release.
Blizzard intends to unveil new content
However, the studio reiterates its desire to show new images of these two games in the coming months. Indeed, while BlizzCon has once again been canceled, Blizzard said a wave of information would still be on the schedule next February. We can also count on news during 2022, and until the release of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2.