No Overwatch or Diablo yet.
Back in 2019, Blizzard officially announced the existence of Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 at BlizzCon, sequels to two of their most popular (and profitable) franchises. The thing is, though, they didn’t divulge any concrete details about the games or even a release frame, just the fact that they were working on it. Still, it’s been two years now, so surely they’re close to having something for us, right? Well… no.
During an earnings call yesterday, representatives from Activision Blizzard confirmed that neither Overwatch 2 nor Diablo 4 will be coming out this year, nor do they have any kind of release frames. The games are presumably still very deep in development, but the representatives did at least mention that they made significant progress on some of their other major brands.
Executives on the call also mentioned that they’ve got more remastered games in the pipeline, in a similar vein to Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. They didn’t go into details, though a remaster of Diablo 2 is allegedly in development, so if that could come out soon, it could make for a decent bridge between now and Diablo 4, provided it’s not a repeat of the whole Warcraft 3 Reforged debacle.
During earnings call, Activision Blizzard said it does not expect Overwatch 2 or Diablo 4 to launch in 2021. pic.twitter.com/C2BmDP53JA
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) February 4, 2021
For the time being, all we have to go on for Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 is speculation. Overwatch 2 in particular is believed to reuse some assets, as during its initial announcement it was said that players of the first game would be able to cross-play with players of the second. Since development is still so early, though, that could easily change.