Although neither Overwatch 2
or Diablo 4
have actual release dates, according to the latest Activision Blizzard financial report
the expected 2022 release window for both titles has been pushed back. "While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning for a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisaged".
Which puts the release dates sometime in 2023.
"These are two of the most eagerly anticipated titles in the industry, and our teams have made great strides towards completion in recent quarters," the report says. "But we believe giving the teams some extra time to complete production and continue growing their creative resources to support the titles after launch will ensure that these releases delight and engage their communities for many years into the future."
"These decisions will push out the financial uplift that we had expected to see next year," adds the report in a nod to expected revenue not including these two games. "But we are confident that this is the right course of action for our people, our players, and the long-term success of our franchises."
The report cites new leadership within Blizzard, due to the recent toxic revelations about the studio, as a reasoning for the delays. When it comes to Diablo 4, recently the game has seen a shift in leadership with a new Game Director announced recently. This is on top of Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan leaving Blizzard.
Activision Blizzard cites long-term multi-year support for both games, so hopefully we get to see more of what that means in the months to come.