Overwatch fans are going to have to wait a bit longer for the highly-anticipated and much-debated sequel.
Blizzard have announced that the publisher's timeline for certain titles has changed. And by "changed," we mean there will be a delay. Due to a constant change in leadership (and by "change in leadership," we mean people stepping down amongst the controversy), Blizzard said that content planned for 2022 will need more time to "reach its full potential."
Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV are the two most popular titles getting impacted the most. According to developers, these titles will need a later launch than initially envisioned. The teams working on Overawtch 2 and Diablo IV need "some extra time" to complete production and also support the titles once they launch.
"These decisions will push out the financial uplift that we had expected to see next year. But we are confident that this is the right course of action for our people, our players, and the long-term success of our franchise," the update read.
Why are Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 delayed?
While Blizzard seems to be hinting that Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV need more time to "reach their full potential," the news does come as more changes in upper management continue to plague the publisher.
In August, Jen O'Neal and Mike Ybarra took over leadership of the company when J. Allen Brack left admist the California lawsuit for sexual discrimination and misconduct. But this week, O'Neal announced she was leaving the company after just a few months.
In an email to staff, O'Neal allegedly stated that she was leaving to "dive deeper into the admirable causes" of Women in Games International. This is a non-profit focused on equality and diversity in gaming. Blizzard recently granted $1 million to the organization.
Employees didn't seem aware of O'Neal's departure unit last second, leading journalists to assume that Blizzard didn't want anything negative to happen to the company's stock due to the delays and departures all at once.
The constant departures most likely are the culprit behind the delays, with Blizzard itself explaining that the "new leadership" has led to them needing more time.
Fans of the games are conflicted. The delay is frustrating to some devoted players but others have expressed pleasure in the company's continued struggles. This is most likely due to Blizzard's mishandling of the lawsuits, with more and more employees coming forward to share their negative experiences while working at the HQ.
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