Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV Won’t Be Launching in 2021
Another day, another news story about Blizzard being Blizzard.
Blizzard has been fairly tight-lipped about both Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV in more recent months. Despite generating a lot of buzz with the initial announcements, it is now confirmed that we won’t be seeing either title in 2021.
In an earnings call this week discussing Q4 of 2020, some more information was revealed about the progress on the two titles. Overwatch 2 crossed a major internal milestone in December according to the President of Blizzard Entertainment, Jay Brack. At which point the internal team was about to accomplish some of the critical testing of some of the game’s main features.
As far as Diablo IV, Blizzard is hoping to lean more on the franchise’s mobile offerings for this year. The company still has high hopes for Diablo Immortal. Which has continuously generated a lot of buzz for all of the wrong reasons. Mainly being that no one wants a mobile Diablo.
Overwatch originally released in 2015 and remains a major force in the competitive gaming scene. The extremely popular Overwatch League is also commencing in April. The game’s popularity is still as high as ever. It’s no wonder why Blizzard is in no rush to bring on the next installment.
Many players hold the notion that Blizzard’s initial announcement was more damage control than anything else. Both titles were pushed heavily around the time of the Hong Kong controversy. Leaving many to feel as though both reveals were to help improve the ever-dwindling public perception of Blizzard.
Whatever the case may be, it seems as though Blizzard has fallen in the trap of announcing a game too soon. This is nothing new to anybody in the industry. It’s become more of a common practice and one that would be beneficial to break away from.
Both Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV are expected to launch some time in 2022. While Diablo Immortal is expected to hit mobile in 2021 along with other mobile titles coming out of Blizzard.