Diablo 4 concept art for a demonic army

[Update #2]: Diablo 4 will be launching on June 6th, 2023 with five classes: Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Rogue and Sorceress.

[Update]: Diablo 4's December preview offers a closer look at the itemization, progression and visual effects.

Given the recently announced World of Warcraft Community Council and its focus on getting player feedback directly to the developers, I figured this might just be a week where all Blizzard related news would be positive for once. Unfortunately, that didn't exactly last long as it's only Tuesday and already I have some bad news to deliver.

According to the Activision Blizzard Q3 2021 earnings call, both Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 have been pushed back. No exact release date has been given, but the overall tone of the announcement seems to indicate that neither game will likely be launching in 2022.

While this completely understandable for Diablo 4 given that the developers themselves have said they still have a great deal of work to do, I can't imagine this news is going to go over well with the Overwatch playerbase. The game has been bereft of new content for nearly two years at this point because of Overwatch 2, and right now it's looking like it's going to be yet another year of recycled events.

I can only hope the long wait will be worth it the end, and that both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 will launch without the sort of issues that have plagued (and still do) Warcraft 3: Reforged and Diablo 2 Resurrected. After all, these are two of their most anticipated games in quite a few years, so a lot really is riding on this for both fans and developers alike. 

Whatever the future may bring, I'll make sure to let you know once we finally get some concrete information about either game.