Activision Blizzard announced during an investor call today that Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV have been delayed without a new date given. The news comes as former co-head of Blizzard Jen Oneal steps down and departs for a new role away from the company next year.
“As we have worked with new leadership in 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 will benefit from more development time to reach its full potential,” said Activision Blizzard. “While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning for a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisaged,” the company said. The delays were blamed on changes in leadership and with development teams. Diablo IV lost its director and lead designer earlier this year, while Overwatch 2 lost its executive producer in September.
“It has become apparent that some of the Blizzard content planned for next year will benefit from more development time to reach its full potential,” Activision Blizzard said.
“These decisions will push out the financial uplift that we had expected to see next year,” mentioned Activision Blizzard. “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.”
Both Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV were revealed in 2019 but were never confirmed to have a launch period. Since then though, we’ve been struck with a pandemic and the serious allegations happening at Activision Blizzard. Pair this with high-profile departures including the likes of Jeff Kaplan and Chacko Sonny, there were bound to be delayed given the roles these former employees held. In addition to the delays, the former co-head of Blizzard, Jen Oneal, announced her departure at the end of this year. Oneal was promoted following the resignation of J. Allen Brack.