Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 are being pushed back. Way back.

If you’re a big fan of Overwatch and/or Diablo and can’t wait to get your hands on the sequels, you might want to take a seat. While you’re at it, get yourself a box of tissues too. I’ll wait… ready? Since you are ready, guess what’s not. That’s right. Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. The launch of both games is being pushed back… to 2023. Yup. that’s a pretty big push.

The one breaking the bad news to us is Activision Blizzard chief operating officer Daniel Alegre. One of the big culprits in this delay seems to be the big shift in leadership within Blizzard, sparked by the turmoil it’s in. New leadership means a new vision, and that sometimes results in a new direction. Even though Alegre doesn’t speak of a different direction, he does iterate that a launch in 2022 just isn’t feasible anymore.

“As we have worked with new leadership in Blizzard and within the franchises themselves, particularly in certain key creative roles, it has become apparent that some of the Blizzard content planned for next year will benefit from more development time to reach its full potential.

“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.”

Of course, this news is a bummer to a lot of you. To hear that you won’t be getting any Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 action in 2022 sucks donkey balls. And Alegre gets that. Honestly. But he also believes that both games will truly benefit from some extra production time.

“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 we expected to see next year, 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.”

Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to deal with it. Some things are just out of our hands. It’s not like we can change things here, like a character’s name. Right, Cole Cassidy?