If you were hoping to play Diablo IV or Overwatch 2 later this year, Activision has some bad news for you. The publisher doesn’t expect Blizzard to have either game ready in time to launch this year.
As Eurogamer reports, the news neither title will be released in 2021 came from Dennis Durkin, chief financial officer at Activision, during the company’s financial call yesterday.
Durkin explained, “We expect Blizzard’s net bookings to grow given the momentum in World of Warcraft and the other growth initiatives we have in the business. Our outlook does not include Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 launching in 2021. And while Diablo Immortal is progressing well, and we anticipate its launch later this year we don’t have any material contribution from the title in our outlook presently.”
Both games were announced during BlizzCon 2019 along with first trailers, but neither game advertised a release date or release window. Blizzard will ultimately ship both titles when they are ready, and as anyone who’s played Cyberpunk 2077 will attest, it’s better to frustrate players before a game launches than disappoint them after they’ve spent their cash on your title.
Diablo IV will continue to offer the dungeon crawler action role-playing gameplay we’ve come to expect from the series. Three playable classes have been revealed (Babarian, Sorceress, and Druid) and new features such as an open world and player-vs-player gameplay options are promised.
Overwatch 2 is a standalone sequel to the first game, however, it will be a shared multiplayer environment with the original. That means hew heroes, maps, and modes will appear for both games, but Overwatch 2 will use an upgraded version of the game engine used in the original. And as both games are 2022 releases at the earliest, it seems likely the console focus will shift from PS4 and Xbox One to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.