First, the bad news: neither Overwatch 2 or Diablo 4 won’t be released in 2021, according to publisher Activision Blizzard.
Executives shared the information during the company’s fourth quarter 2020 earnings call and did not provide any exit windows for either game. Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were unveiled at BlizzCon 2019, and at the time, Blizzard made it clear that both titles were in the early stages of development.
Overwatch 2 adds co-op story missions, new maps, a new mode that plays like tug of war, and at least one new character, Sojourn, to Blizzard’s competitive first-person shooter. All characters are getting visual improvements and the user interface will be new as well. The game is definitely heading to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and probably next-gen consoles as well.
Diablo 4 is an isometric RPG also in development for consoles and PC. This is the sequel to 2012 Diablo 3, and it takes place many years after the events of this game. Blizzard describes it as a throwback to the series’ Gothic and medieval roots, with three character classes confirmed so far: barbarian, witch, and druid.
Activision Blizzard may have more information to share on BlizzCon 2021, an entirely virtual event that will take place on February 19 and 20.
Activision is also the owner of Call of Duty, and the publisher has confirmed that there will be another main entry in this series this year, as always. Otherwise, Activision Blizzard’s fourth quarter of 2020 income report says, “We are making significant progress against our development pipeline for other key intellectual properties, which are expected to fuel growth in 2022 and beyond.
Finally, the good news (and you thought we forgot it): we just fulfilled the site’s “ni-ni” quota for the year. Pleasant.