Activision Blizzard has chosen to delay two major upcoming games, Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, to an unspecified date. Blizzard states that they’ll need extra time to polish both titles and ensure that they’re up to scratch for release. No new release date was given, but we can assume they will miss their originally planned 2022 windows following both being indefinitely delayed.
Activision Blizzard recently put out a statement confirming the delays of Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, two of the studio’s most anticipated titles. While it isn’t directly stated, it seems like both games won’t launch in 2022 and will only arrive as early as 2023 – at least not until April 2023 as that marks the beginning of their next financial year.
Activision Blizzard’s statement reads:
“These are two of the most eagerly anticipated titles in the industry, and our teams have made great strides towards completion in recent quarters. But we believe giving the teams some extra time to complete production and continue growing their creative resources to support the titles after launch will ensure that these releases delight and engage their communities for many years into the future. But we are confident that this is the right course of action for our people, our players, and the long-term success of our franchises.”
Activision Blizzard announced both titles a couple of years ago and has since dropped minor updates regarding the development status of Diablo IV. Overwatch 2 has also received tidbits of updates and news, though not as frequently as Diablo IV, leading many to believe that the dark fantasy ARPG is closer to release than the multiplayer hero shooter. However, fans looking forward to playing either game next year will have to wait a little while longer it seems.