In today’s quarterly investor conference call, Activision Blizzard announced that the release of “Overwatch 2” and “Diablo IV” was delayed than expected, enough to change the company’s financial outlook next year.
Although we still plan to provide a lot of content from Blizzard next year,” read a slide from the presentation, “we now plan to release “Overwatch 2” and “Diablo IV” later than originally envisioned. “You can read the full text of the slides as follows.
“These are the two most anticipated games in the industry. Our team has made great progress in recent quarters.” The slide continues, “But we believe that we will give the team some extra time to complete the production and release it. Continuing to increase their creative resources to support the game will ensure that these versions will please and appeal to their community for many years to come.”
Neither of these titles gave a release date. Blizzard leader Mike Ibarra answered a question about how long the delay is expected to last. He said that the extended development time was due to changes in the internal leadership of these game teams, which was in line with the staff changes throughout the year. Recently, Overwatch executive producer Chaco Sonny and former Diablo IV director Luis Barriga left the company. Of course, there is also Jeff Kaplan, who left the company in April and took up the role of director of Overwatch.
Although Blizzard’s upcoming two biggest games have been postponed, the company will still focus on using one of them next year. “Overwatch 2” once again confirmed that it will participate in the “Overwatch League” in 2022, although the game is in an early, ongoing construction stage.