Although Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 are indeed the two most significant projects for Blizzard at the moment, they are up to more than these titles.
Blizzard announced the two games at BlizzCon in 2019, and we have seen especially with Overwatch 2 how the development has been a little patchy in the past year or so: Jeff Kaplan, the director of Overwatch, has left the company (and it might have been the reason why they have changed the sequel’s PvP from 6v6 to 5v5, which we discussed in detail before). He wasn’t the only person who left Blizzard, so something might be happening behind the scenes, and IGN‘s Kat Bailey looked into the situation a bit more.
She wrote that Activision is exerting a little more control over Blizzard (we simply call them Activision Blizzard, to be fair), as they don’t like how the „other side” is taking their time with their game releases. However, there is also the fact that many Blizzard veterans have left to form indie studios (such as Dreamhaven), as there are people who like to invest in new studios, and if ex-Blizzard members are working there, that tends to open the wallets a little more.
„We are about to turn the corner into a really exciting time. I think Blizzard has long development cycles. The games that we make are not games that are produced and turned around quickly in a year or two. People have seen what’s in the works with Diablo 4, with Overwatch 2, and are incredibly excited about both of those games. […] [W]e have other projects that are in the works, and I think, you know, folks across the world will be seeing before too long what we’re up to, and I can’t wait to share that with them,” Ion Hazzikostas, World of Warcraft’s director said.
Let’s hope that he doesn’t mean Diablo II: Resurrected or Diablo Immortal there. Still, while it sounds good on paper, in practice, things tend to be different. Let’s hope Blizzard’s upcoming games will not end up as disappointments.