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‘Overwatch 2’ and ‘Diablo 4’ catch delays after Blizzard scandals


Activision Blizzard is delaying both Monitoring 2 and Diablo 4, with no new release dates set for either title at the time of writing.

The news was shared by Axios Gaming journalist Stephen Totilo and comes from a investor document, who posted it on his Twitter account, which can be seen below. These delays come amid the current situation surrounding the business due to alleged harassment and multiple lawsuits, which can be read above.

The statement reads: “As we have worked with new executives at Blizzard and within the franchises themselves, particularly in some key creative roles, it has become apparent that some of the Blizzard content planned for release has become clear. he next year will have more development time to reach its goal. full potential. “

“While we still plan to deliver a substantial amount of Blizzard content next year, we are now planning a subsequent launch for Monitoring 2 and Diablo 4 than initially planned, ”he adds.

While character redesigns have been detailed for Monitoring 2, Blizzard has responded to fan reviews of the game which looks exactly like the original. Game developer Andy Belford then said on Reddit, “Speculation and theory building is the result of an audience that cares deeply about the game we make.”

Overwatch 2. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

The last time we heard of Diablo 4, the title changed game directors in October, as former director Luis Barriga was fired from the company amid allegations of harassment and abuse.

The overdue reporting continues: These are two of the most anticipated titles in the industry, and our teams have made great strides towards completion in recent quarters. But we believe giving teams a little more time to complete production and continue to develop their creative resources to support titles after launch will ensure these releases will delight and engage their communities for many years to come.

In other news, Activision Blizzard today announced that publisher co-lead Jen Oneal will be stepping down.