In an earnings call, Activision Blizzard said that it did not expect Overwatch 2 to release in the year 2021. The earliest date fans might get their hands on the game is 2022, but even that isn’t confirmed just yet.
Fans have been waiting for the sequel to the popular first-person shooter since BlizzCon in 2019. Many theorized that 2021 would be the year that it released since there was still no confirmed release date at BlizzCon 2020. Since then, there have been massive delays in production and rumors that the game wasn’t going to come out in 2021. Developers have told players that there would be no new content until Overwatch 2, which is further fanning the flames of angry fans on social media.
Beyond news that Overwatch 2 will not be released in 2021, there is still no confirmation that 2022 is viable for a release date either. Fans are left in the dark about what is going on with the game, although they are being promised more info at BlizzConline, which takes place late February. Now it has been confirmed that Overwatch 2 is not coming out 2021, fans are hoping that a more concrete date will be given at BlizzConline,.
Rumors had been swirling since before the Activision Blizzard earnings call that the game would not be coming this year due to delays. Developers have struggled to transition to working from home in 2020, and this further delayed development of the game.
Now that it’s confirmed that a 2021 release isn’t happening for Overwatch 2, there are many angry fans that have taken to social media to vent their frustrations. A lot of people were hoping that Blizzard would surprise them and release the game either during or shortly after BlizzConline. Combined with the frustration over not having any new meaningful content added to the original Overwatch since early 2020, fans are feeling exhausted and are threatening to give up on the franchise.
Because the release date is so far delayed, fans are hoping that developers will now push for more meaningful content to be put into Overwatch while players wait for the launch of the sequel. In early 2020, developers did mention that there would be no new content added prior to Overwatch 2, but that was before these massive delays were announced. Because Blizzard is teasing more Overwatch 2 information at BlizzConline, fans are hopeful that there will either be more added to the game past its recurring and predictable events and challenges that only reward cosmetic in-game items.