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Activision Blizzard announced today that both Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV, the next entries in the developer’s best-selling IPs, may be delayed beyond 2021.

At BlizzCon 2019, Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV were originally announced. They received massive hype from the community. However, when news of the delays broke during the company’s Q4 earnings call, explanation as to why progress has slowed at Blizzard was lacking. The announcement came alongside news that Call of Duty would receive a new title this year, as expected. Of course, Blizzard Entertainment works separately from the developers of COD.

Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV not expected to release in 2021

The news is disappointing for both communities. Diablo fans have been without a new installment since 2012’s Diablo III, and Overwatch fans have been craving a new experience since the sequel’s announcement halted most new content for the original game.

Diablo 4 release delayed by Activision Blizzard
Diablo IV is the next installment in the best-selling RPG series. Image via Activision Blizzard

Diablo fans, at least, have been on this rollercoaster before. Although Diablo III was announced in 2008, it wasn’t released until mid-2012. Diablo II’s release preceded this in 2000. So, it stands to reason that these are typical wait times.

Overwatch 2 release date delayed by Activision Blizzard
Fans were hoping to see Overwatch 2 release in 2021. Image via Activision Blizzard

There’s currently no news on how this might affect the Overwatch League. Depending on the title’s release date, we may see up to two more seasons played with the original Overwatch, with no new characters in sight.

Additional news surrounding both titles could come later this year.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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