BLIZZARD has revealed that Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 won’t arrive in 2021.
It means gamers have to wait longer than expected for the pair of blockbuster video games.
Fans of the franchises had hoped that the games would be unveiled in 2021 – especially with BlizzCon just days away.
But Blizzard poured cold water on those dreams, confirming that neither game will be out in 2021 during an earnings call.
Sadly, Blizzard didn’t give a launch window at all – though 2022 now seems likely.
Overwatch 2 is a sequel to 2014’s Overwatch, the hugely popular shooter game by Activision Blizzard.
After months of rumours and leaks, Blizzard finally confirmed that Overwatch 2 exists at Blizzard’s BlizzCon 2019 conference in early November 2019.
Like its predecessor, the game will be a fast-paced team shooter in which players take control of fantastical characters with special powers.
The first game focused on online multiplayer battles, but Blizzard has introduced a story mode for the sequel.
The new game will shared multiplayer with the original, but will also have a PvE (player vs environment) mode.
Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon on November 1, 2019.
Sadly, Blizzard has remained largely silent on the game’s release since.
There was small hope that Overwatch 2 would get a 2021 release date at this month’s virtual BlizzCon event (Feb 19-20).
It’s likely we’ll hear about Overwatch 2 at the event, but the release date won’t fall any time soon.
Even if we do get a release date, Blizzard can’t guarantee that the game will ship as planned.
The game-maker was forced to delay last year’s World of Warcraft Shadowlands expansion, saying it needed more time for finishing touches.
Last year’s global disruptions (and the shift to mass home-working) has played havoc with game development, so we could see similar delays this year.
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