Investor’s Calls have become mini-conventions full of company insight and announcements. Today, Blizzard’s investors’ call gave much-needed details on Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and the state of the company. Most of this information comes from MMO-Champion.com, a site that farms Blizzard forum posts to provide up-to-date information.
World of Warcraft performed better in Q4 of 2020 than it has in decades. WoW Classic is still going strong with raids releasing frequently. The release of Shadowlands brought many players back to the franchise. Also mentioned was “high participation in value-added service.” These are game services, store mounts, and pets.
Blizzard promises to deliver more premium content to sustain their increased subscriber base. The mobile team has multiple World of Warcraft related apps in development. This could tie in with Blizzard’s plans to increase how often they release WoW content on multiple platforms.
The wait for a new Diablo continues. Diablo Immortal is currently in regional testing. The mobile game received a harsh welcome when it was announced. It’s being developed by both Blizzard and NetEase. Diablo Immortal is planning to launch later this year.
Blizzards stated 2022 will be a big year for them. This is likely due to Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 releasing next year. Players were hoping the games would arrive in 2021; both being revealed in 2019. The extended development time could be due to COVID delays.
Blizzard says they have multiple “remaster” projects in the works. This could be the rumored Diablo 2 Remaster; a beloved game. They’re also hiring more developers. Hopefully, they hire back previously laid of developers first.
The Investor’s Call gave us just a hint of what is to come. All the massive announcements are coming during BlizzConline. Join us on Twitch on February 19th and 20th for the event!