With the already numerous legal problems and charges that Blizzard is currently facing, and with the addition of the recent resignation of one of its co-leaders, it seems that the developer is not having her best moment, and this is reflected in their games.
As Activision Blizzard representatives shared in their latest earnings report, “As we’ve worked with new leaders at Blizzard and within the franchises themselves, particularly in certain key creative roles, it has become apparent that some of the Blizzard content planned for next year you will benefit from more development time to reach your full potential […] While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of Blizzard content next year, we are now planning a later release than originally planned for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV«.
With all the accusations and lawsuits surrounding Blizzard right now, not to mention the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions, it’s no wonder these games take a little longer to complete. Although in reality, according to what we could see in their previews, and given the times seen in the rest of their installments, everything indicates that they are only trying to make sure that the launch of both games is not “stained” by the current scandals.
However, currently it’s unclear when Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 might actually be released, since although news was expected within 2022, an already late date compared to the first time we heard about these games, this new delay without a specific launch window it could even take us until 2023 but even a more distant date.
And it would not be surprising if the company tries to delay these two titles until he can completely wash away his current bad reputation, since unlike Facebook, in this case a simple name change would not be enough.