According to the latest earnings call from Activision-Blizzard, neither Overwatch 2 nor Diablo 4 are scheduled for release in 2021. That, in short, is quite depressing news. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here. There’s a small chance one of the two might see the light of day in Q4 (right in time for the holiday season), but don’t hold your breath for it to happen.
Blizzard, in general, has been pretty darn slow lately. Some of it is because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — a huge factor that has undoubtedly made game development all the more complicated. But they’ve also had a pretty bad read on what their target audience wants and needs. They’ve arguably invested more time (and resources) into a mobile version of Diablo than Overwatch — one of their most beloved intellectual properties. They’re not making any correct calls, and other than a wildly successful WoW expansion, they don’t have much going for them.
And that, in short, is quite a problem. In all fairness, Blizzard never actually committed to any sort of time frame, but 2021 still made a lot of sense. The last expansion to Diablo 3 was released all the way back in 2014. Overwatch, on the other hand, was released just a year later. It’s been on the market for five whole years — and it’s showing its age. Fans need something new to sink their teeth into and yet there’s nothing on the horizon.
During earnings call, Activision Blizzard said it does not expect Overwatch 2 or Diablo 4 to launch in 2021. pic.twitter.com/C2BmDP53JA
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) February 4, 2021
A Much-Needed Refresh
Both titles are supposedly moving along (development-wise) at quite a nice pace, but that’s nothing more than hearsay at this point. Fans are starting to lose faith in Blizzard and that’s not something that can easily be fixed. Fortunately, this year’s BlizzCon is just a couple of weeks away. It’ll be a great opportunity for Blizzard to showcase both of their upcoming titles — and hopefully sweep us away!