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Neither Diablo 4 nor Overwatch 2 will launch in 2021

Published: 16:06, 05 February 2021
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Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 will both be featured on this year's BlizzCon, but if you've been hoping for a surprise launch or anything, we'll have to disappoint you.

Neither Diablo 3 nor Overwatch 2 will make it in time for a 2021 launch, which leaves only Diablo Immortal towards the end of the year.

The news comes from the company's investor call, in which Blizzard's chief financial officer Dennis Durkin discussed the general plans and outlook for the rest of 2021. 

"Our outlook does not include Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 launching in 2021. And while Diablo Immortal is progressing well, and we anticipate its launch later this year we don't have any material contribution from the title in our outlook presently", he said.

Of course, if you insist on unfaltering optimism, you could argue that Durkin's phrasing steers clear of definitive statements, leaving room for potential changes in Blizzard's plans. 

And we'd normally agree, but Diablo and Overwatch aren't the franchises you want to rush, not to mention that there are much quicker and efficient ways to break your heart. 

Blizzard are currently putting finishing touches on their first-ever virtual BlizzCon, or BlizzConline as they call it, so we should have a clearer picture of how far along they are. 

Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan said they'll do their best to make up for the somewhat lengthy radio-silence on Overwatch 2, although the situation with the global pandemic made it understandable. 

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The team in charge of Diablo 4 development scheduled their next update for BlizzConline, claiming that fans are in for a surprise that features the got a surprise for fans, which includes a new version of the campfire scene they showed on the last BlizzCon.

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