Producer blames Bobby Kotick for Overwatch 2 delay

Overwatch 2 has been in development for several years, but it might have been released earlier if not for Bobby Kotick.


2016's Overwatch didn't need a sequel, but that didn't stop Blizzard from announcing Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon in 2019 nor has it made fans any less excited. Unfortunately, since then, Overwatch 2 has been synonymous with delays.

You can add "Cause for Overwatch 2 delay" to the growing list of things that Bobby Kotick's been accused of.

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The latest we've heard about Overwatch 2 is that the game might not come out until 2023, which is a long time to pass since its initial announcement. Although there has been plenty of speculation behind the delays, one producer has stepped out to name-drop the biggest contributor to the slow progress.

According to Overwatch producer Tracy Kennedy, Activision Blizzard's long-time CEO is the main reason. Kennedy revealed in a tweet that Kotick would bog down the development of Overwatch with random requests. At times, these tasks would take away the team's focus from Overwatch 2 for several months. To make matters worse, Kennedy pointed out that Kotick had a penchant for assigning impulse projects, only for the controversial CEO to cancel the project entirely for no reason.

Kennedy ends her scathing statement by describing Kotick as a "greedy joke", which isn't a good look after Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard earlier this week.

Overwatch is one of Blizzard's newest IPs but it has quickly grown to become a fan favorite. Overwatch 2 would have exploded in popularity had Blizzard released the sequel during the pandemic. Unfortunately, this did not happen and there's no telling when exactly Overwatch 2 will come out of development. It's a shame that such a popular game has had to suffer through so much in little time. Perhaps Kotick's antics are also to blame for Jeff Kaplan's decision to leave Blizzard last year.

Ultimately, the future of Activision-Blizzard's biggest IPs is in the hands of Microsoft now. At least, as soon as the massive acquisition is finalized in 2023. Until then, Kotick expects to stay as the CEO of Activision-Blizzard with the company working independently until then, as he confirmed in a recent letter to employees.

Once Activision-Blizzard starts reporting to Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, we're hoping that things start changing for the better.

At the moment, Activision has several games in development with no proper release dates, including Diablo Immortal, Diablo 4, and Overwatch 2.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.
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