Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 quite awhile ago, but neither will be available anytime soon. The company announced during an earnings call earlier this year that both will not be launching in 2021, with no estimates provided. Now, in another earnings call, the company has reiterated that both games are getting pushed back again.
Stephen Totilo of Axios shared on Twitter a slide during the call outlining the reason why. Essentially, it boils down to new leadership at Blizzard, and the company deciding that it needs more time to work on both games. The company gives the familiar line of “planning for a later launch … than originally envisaged”, with no estimated dates or windows.
Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 delayed pic.twitter.com/4pr9c0OEdz
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) November 2, 2021
The new leadership may be referring to the booting of J. Allen Brack as president, and the promotion of Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra as co-leaders. Or it may instead be because, in a related development, Jason Schreier reports that Jen Oneal is stepping down, leaving Mike Ybarra as the sole leader of Blizzard. Which is all just a little ironic.
Blizzard co-leader Jen Oneal just told staff she's stepping down, leaving Mike Ybarra as the sole head of the company.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 2, 2021
At any rate, neither Overwatch 2 nor Diablo 4 will see the light of day for the foreseeable future. It remains to be seen if Blizzard will even give either of them a release date within next year.