Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 will be released later than initially contemplated. The North American company has communicated this new delay during the night of this Tuesday and also affirms that they won’t be in time for 2022; although they do not guarantee a premiere in 2023. From this point, Mike Ybarra will assume this role individually after the recent departure of Jen Oneal.
Daniel Alegre, head of operations of Activision Blizzard, has taken stock of the company’s financial results during this past quarter, a year marked by the scandal of possible labor and sexual abuse in which the North American giant is involved. Alegre maintains that it is the correct decision to consolidate both developments on the right track and not compromise on quality. They are aware of the expectations of the players; They look for them to be long-term projects once they hit the stores.
The departure of Jeff Kaplan and Luis Barriga, key in the delays of both titles
Mike Ybarra himself commented during the session that the date change is mainly due to recent changes in leadership positions. After the departure of Jeff Kaplan in April (Overwatch 2) and the dismissal of Luis Barriga (Diablo IV), the situation was limiting in the directive vision of both projects. They are currently Joe Shely and Aaron Keller and the directors of Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, respectively.
As a result of this news, the listing of Activision Blizzard, Inc., has closed this Wednesday with a fall of 2.12% in the NASDAQ.
During these last weeks we have known the cancellation of BlizzConline 2022 to focus its efforts on supporting development studios. Likewise, the CEO of the company, Bobby Kotick, has requested a salary reduction and promises changes focused on improvements in employment and behavior in the company.