Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV have No Planned Release Dates

This weekend is Blizzcon, Activision-Blizzard’s annual event, where they showcase new Blizzard content, games, and events. This years big showcase is Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft Shadowland expansion and Diablo 4. While Diablo 4 was an anticipated title, fans were surprised about the leak becoming true that Blizzard would release Overwatch 2. Overwatch 2 isn’t an actual sequel to the team based shooter but rather an expansion which includes more story elements and PvE rather than PvP.

Despite fan excitement, neither titles have a launch date. This is pretty disappointing to fans but the games look like they have are based the Alpha stages. Some people online are speculating that Blizzard announced the two titles without release dates to earn good press after the recent controversies facing the company.

What?

During a professional Hearthstone player interview, a player wore clothes similar to protesters at Hong Kong. Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung said at the end of his interview  “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!” The stream then quickly cuts to a commercial break. This resulted in the player receiving a year long ban from playing competitively, revoking his winnings from the tournament, and firing the two interviewers.

Blizzard stated cited a competition rule which states that players aren’t allowed to do anything that “brings [them] into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages [Blizzard’s] image. At Blizzcon, the President  J. Allen Brack stated that “We moved too quickly in our decision-making and then, to make matters worse, we were too slow to talk with all of you,” said Brack. “We didn’t live up to the high standards we set for ourselves.

Blizzard has reduced his penalty to six months but fans were still outraged over the company’s decision. They felt that China’s influence made the company ban Blitzchung. There are several protesters at Blizzcon who support Blizchung’s opinion. With Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 coming out eventually, many Blizzard fans seem to have forgotten the issue and focusing on the company’s future titles. Whether intentional or not, Blizzard has dramatically reduced the spotlight on the Hong Kong issue and has moved it towards their new games. Whether people will still speak out against Blizzard remains to be seen.

 

BlizzCon ANNOUNCEMENTS!

World of Warcraft:

Do you miss the old WoW? Blizzard is finally releasing World of Warcraft: ClassicThe story has greatly changed since the initial release back in the early 2000’s. If you already have a subscription, Classic will be included. No need to pay for two. It launches Summer 2019.

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Overwatch:

Two new heroes?! Ashe and Echo both made their debut in the new Overwatch cinematic. Ashe will be the 29th heroine and will release soon but Echo is still in development. Echo is McCree’s old partner.

Heroes of the Storm:

An original character called Orphea for Blizzard’s MOBA. She is the daughter of the Raven Lord. She aims to overthrow him

Warcraft:

A fan of old-school of strategy games? Warcraft 3: Reforged is receiving an HD remake. It will still have its modding tool called World Editor tool. That tool and the game led to League of Legends! 

Diablo:

A new Diablo for mobile! Don’t worry fans, Blizzard is still working on Diablo 4. For fans of the story, it takes place between Diablo 2 and 3. It will have multiplayer and six player classes similar to the main game. There are 4-player dungeons and people can drop in and out.

What did you think of this year’s Blizzcon? Was there enough interesting announcements or did you hope for different content?