Diablo Immortal release postponed to 2022 and Overwatch 2 still in the works

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  • Amidst the scandal they're involved in, Activision Blizzard reassures fans and investors that work on upcoming games is progressing according to plan.
  • The company says that Overwatch 2 development passed an important internal milestone in recent weeks, so we might see it live soon.
  • After the closed Alpha testing, developers are implementing some important changes to Diablo Immortal's PvE and PvP systems, for a better experience.
  • However, the release of Diablo Immortal has been postponed to the first quarter of 2022, which means that the company has time to add substantial improvements to the whole game.
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We know how impatient gamers can get, especially when they’ve waited many years for a long-expected title that’s said to be even better than its predecessor.

And no fans are more impatient than Blizzard’s fans, even if they have grown accustomed to the company’s deadlines when it comes to delivering its games.

But even by Blizzard standards, some of them are taking too long in the eyes of many die-hard fans that are still waiting for an Overwatch sequel.

Not to mention Diablo 4, which is by far one of the most expected new titles from the Activision Blizzard universe, since Diablo 3 didn’t really hit the mark as was expected.

And even if the fans that were attending Blizzcon at the time that the company announced Diablo Immortal, along with every other Blizzard fan worldwide, weren’t too happy about this idea, there are a lot of people waiting on this title as well.

But how is Blizzard progressing with work on these new games? Are we getting them anytime soon or do we have to wait another two, three years?

Constant progress on Overwatch 2 and Diablo universe games

Even with the huge scandal that had Blizzard at its epicenter, it seems that the company still hasn’t halted progress on its upcoming titles.

Although they had to shift a few important chess pieces on the leadership board, the dev teams are still grinding and testing Overwatch 2, making sure it’s well on its way to our computers and consoles.

New Blizzard official Jen Oneal said that, even with the new executive-level changes, dev teams are more focused than ever on delivering quality content, just as before.

Our people are passionate about our games. They understand our players. And in many cases, they have come from the player community themselves and naturally are driven to serve them. As Bobby and Daniel have mentioned, we are expanding these teams. We’re doubling down on our development recruiting as we expand the scope and vision of our franchises.

Even though there is no certain release date yet, the company will be revealing more about this game in the following months.

There’s no reason to be worried, according to Blizzard officials, who even state that work Overwatch’s sequel is progressing according to plan and they are quite pleased with the results.

Overwatch 2 development passed an important internal milestone in recent weeks. After a great response to the recent community update, the team is looking forward to revealing more of the game in the coming months as they approach the later stages of production.

These statements are coming as somewhat of reassurance for both fans and investors after both sides expressed some concern regarding this matter.

There’s no way to know for sure approximatively when Overwatch 2 will hit the stands, due to the high secrecy that Blizzard prides itself with when it comes to keeping new titles hidden from the public eye.

All we can do is take Blizzard’s word for it and wait for them to deliver what we hope will be a complete, unforgettable experience.

Diablo Immortal release has been delayed to 2022

When asked about Diablo Immortal, Activision Blizzard shared that team behind the mobile title has been hard at work at improving the game following the Closed Alpha.

However, they will need a bit more time to improve the gameplay experience and be certain that the final product will live up to the company, as well as gamer standards.

Following feedback provided by test participants of the Closed Alpha, our team has been tuning core and endgame features. For example, we’re iterating on PvP content like the Cycle of Strife to make it more accessible, alongside late-game PvE content like the Helliquary to make it more engaging. We’re also working to provide controller support for those who want to play our game in a different way.

Blizzard also outlines some changes that will be coming to the game. As far as PvE goes, Diablo Immortal will be gaining new eight-player raids, while also adjusting the game’s current Bounty system and making Challenge Rifts more rewarding.

For PvP, Blizzard will be modifying many aspects of the game’s Battlegrounds system as well as the faction-based Cycle of Strife.

Some of the other overall changes to the game’s progression systems, like the Paragon system, and weekly XP cap will also be implemented.

So, the game is now planned for release in the first half of 2022, which will allow us to add substantial improvements to the whole game.

As we mentioned above, Diablo Immortal’s delay also comes during Blizzard dealing with the fallout from a state of California lawsuit regarding harassment charges.

There’s nothing much to do but wait. This is actually the Activision Blizzard fan’s worst nightmare, considering that all they did throughout their history with the company is game and wait, with more emphasis on the second one.

Diablo 4 is not worth even mentioning yet because, even if work is progressing on this title as well, it’s going to take a long time before we see it live, even by Blizzard standards.

So, with no release date for Overwatch 2, we are now looking forward to the launch of Diablo Immortal next year.

Which of the upcoming Activision Blizzard titles excites you the most? Let us know in the comments section below.

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