Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 May Not Be Released Until 2023
Activision Blizzard has confirmed that both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 will not be launching as originally planned. Fans of these franchises have always known that their official releases would still be a long way off, especially after Jeff Kaplan, Blizzard’s former Game Director, told the gaming community in 2019 that he did not know when they were going to be out. “I have no idea,” Kaplan said at the time.
“We still have a ways to go, just to manage expectations,” Kaplan said in February. “But, we are working extremely hard.”
Today, Activision made the official announcement during their third quarter earnings call that both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 may not be released until 2023. “While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are no planning for a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 than originally envisaged,” Activision confirmed.
It is a known fact that these two titles are among the most eagerly anticipated games in the gaming world, and their teams “have made great strides towards completion in recent quarters.” “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 in the future,” they continued.
Activision’s announcement today brings clarity to the state of both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4—two blockbuster projects that fans have been waiting for. Now that the company has new leadership, “it has become apparent that some of the Blizzard content planned for next year will benefit from more development time to reach its full potential.”
“We looked at what we left in the final phases of production with fresh eyes,” added Blizzard President Mike Ybarra. “We saw that allowing the teams more time would enable both great experiences at launch.”
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