Blizzard has two huge sequels in the works, but it looks like neither will see the light this year. During its latest quarterly data report, Activision-Blizzard revealed that Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 will not be released in the course of 2021, suggesting both will launch in 2022 or later.
Although the two highly anticipated titles will not be released this year, the publisher has confirmed that the annual release of the Call of Duty series titles will not be affected by the delay of the other titles, and that players can expect to receive a new chapter of the famous first-person shooter video game series at the end of 2021, more precisely during the Christmas period.
Blizzard announced Overwatch 2 during its BlizzCon event in November 2019. Since then, there hasn’t been much information released on the sequel to the popular multiplayer first-person shooter which, moreover, has never had a real official release date.
The latest rumors seemed to signal a major delay in the development of the game and, in recent days, the Korean voice actor of Genji had created numerous doubts in the minds of fans, indicating that the title is probably still very far from an official version. Additionally, Activision-Blizzard reported in a press release that the company has made significant progress on its titles in development and that the company expects to fuel further growth in 2022 and beyond.
Both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were announced at BlizzCon 2019, and since that time, Blizzard has provided very few details for these franchises. As for Overwatch 2, the company has confirmed that the title will see the introduction of new heroes and the return of the characters that we have already got to know in the first chapter. According to those statements, the game is expected to launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
Diablo 4 has reportedly been in development for some time now, with the project having changed direction several times. During BlizzCon 2019, game director Luis Barriga said the title will bring the series back to its roots. We just have to wait for more information from Activision, both regarding the development status of Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4, and regarding the annual release of Call of Duty.
Activision says Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 will not launch this year.
Sounds like Overwatch 2 will come in 2022.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 4, 2021