Activision Blizzard has confirmed the sequel to the team-based shooter Overwatch will not be arriving this year.
This announcement was made by the company's chief financial officer and president of emerging businesses, Dennis M. Durkin, during the fourth-quarter earnings call.
"Our outlook does not include Diablo IV or Overwatch 2 launching in 2021."
Overwatch 2 is focused on implementing more PvE and story content. Blizzard previously said original Overwatch players would have full access to the sequel's PvP content.
"Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer; they’ll also be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps."
Overwatch 2 was originally confirmed for the Nintendo Switch alongside multiple other platforms back at BlizzCon 2019.
Will you be able to hold out for this one? Let us know down in the comments section.
Also no Diablo 4? Well..
I do hope they will use the time to make the games good.
That's fine and kinda normal for Blizzard. Still having (daily) fun with the OG.
Again, more proof that this announcement was made to distract people from the china incident. It's nowhere near finished. What's even the point of introducing it when Overwatch itself is still moderately popular? Yeah it's not as big as it used to be but the sales and revenue haven't dropped anough to warrant a replacement yet.
TBH any enthusiasm I have for Overwatch 2 has been killed by what they did to Overwatch 1 by forcing role queue on players, even in quickplay.
I'd like to believe they'd reverse the decision in the sequel but I doubt it.
Welp I saw this coming It sucks but, it is what it is. and I Agree with what @PBandSmelly is saying.
@ComradeThom They newly added an additional open role queue in ranked since two seasons.
So what was the point?
Blizzard out here pulling the Metroid Prime 4 manuver on us lol!
The worst part is that gamers forgot everything that happened the moment they announced Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, despite the fact that they obviously did it to cover that incident.
@GoldenSunRM They didn’t forget they just never cared about it in the first place as did most people back then.
Pretty sad for me. I play Overwatch every day with my brother, one of the main ways we've kept in touch over lockdown and we were really hyped to play through a co-op story together. Ah well, we'll just have to keep dominating as we are
@ComradeThom I enjoyed this change to an extent if I'm honest. Im a pretty good damage player and can do a solid job as a tank but having to try and heal 5 poor damage players infuriated me.
Besides, quick play classic is pretty much always available in arcade now
Don't worry Blizzard, I still have my phone.
Out of curiosity, does anyone here play on Switch? I've only ever played on PS4 and Xbox
Tbh can't see diablo 4 coming to the switch anyway so doesn't matter about that
There was a trial back in October for the Switch version, so I played it for the whole week and it was fantastic.
@NathanTheAsian cool, always wondered how it ran and hwo big the playerbase was
Looking forward to both of these so of course I’ll wait but I am disappointed itll be another year of the same old content for Overwatch. I don’t see why they can’t still roll out new maps and a character here and there if it’s all going to be a part of the new one anyway. From my point of view they are losing players, plenty of people I know have moved onto other games.
You'd be very surprised. The game ran almost PERFECTLY at a very stable 30fps. The difference of the game's performance compared to the launch of Overwatch on the Switch is night and day.
I suspect there's a healthy amount of players, given the trial left many good impressions on the Switch version. It also had a pretty good discount around that time all the way up to the end of December, so many people had the chance to get it.
That being said, I consider Overwatch to be one of the best ports to the Switch, and certainly one of the best ports outside of Panic Button.
@NathanTheAsian I'll consider Overwatch 2 on it then! Can't justify purchasing it a third time lol
I did buy the third time, and without doubts, it wasn't a mistake
He did not explicitly say the game isn't launching... He said the forecast does not INCLUDE the games launching. While I agree that it's unlikely considering Blizzard's history of long production cycles, that verbiage is specific to avoid accidental leaks - much like Nintendo's no answer on a Switch Pro. A better way to look at the quote is "We can neither confirm nor deny the launch of Diablo IV or Overwatch 2, but they are not included in our outlook. For 2021."
@PBandSmelly Agreed, companies do this all the time, Bethesda gave a teaser for Elder Scrolls 6 because they knew fans were not going to be happy with the Fallout 76 announcement.
It's effective, though. Dangle a diamond in the distance and many gamers will be completely enamored.
And I have yet to buy the Physical Overwatch 1.x cart - anyway ....
Don't expect too much from it, blizzard right now is a trainwreck.
Their last major release was full lies, false advertisements and they unlawfully tried to prevent customers from getting refunds.
They stopped supporting heroes of the storm e-sports and basicly screwed over anybody who was working in that scéne.
All the starcraft 2 developers left to form their own studio because the CEO didn't feel like it was making enough money, despite it still being hugely populair in korea.
Then theres ofc the blitzchung controversy and diablo fans gad to settle for a mobile game that nobody wanted.
Blizzard just doesn't care about their games or the fanbase anymore. My expectations for OW2 and Diablo 4 are that they will be lazy cashgrabs that's full of pay2progress microtransactions.
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