Last month, metalheads were disheartened to learn that Cannibal Corpse frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher’s name would be removed from a World of Warcraft character designed as a tribute to him. The reasoning for this was a recently-resurfaced 2007 interview in which Fisher used homophobic and insensitive slurs — but the broader reasoning for it is that Activision Blizzard, the company that makes World of Warcraft, is in the grips of a lawsuit over the company’s incredibly sexist culture. Now, this has caused even more issues, as it’s been announced that two of the company’s biggest upcoming games, Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, will be delayed indefinitely.
As reported by Polygon, the company issued the following statement: “While we are still planning to deliver a substantial amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning for a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisaged. These are two of the most eagerly anticipated titles in the industry, and our teams have made great strides towards completion in recent quarters. But we believe giving the teams some extra time to complete production and continue growing their creative resources to support the titles after launch will ensure that these releases delight and engage their communities for many years into the future.”
While Blizzard (obviously) makes no mention of the lawsuit, it’s worth noting Diablo IV‘s original director was one of 20 who were “exited” from the company from the company due to its “pervasive fratboy culture” which creates a “breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women.” The site is quick to point out that while neither game has an official release date scheduled, both were announced at BlizzCon 2019, and Overwatch 2 was definitely expected to drop in 2022.
This is a bummer, as Diablo IV looked to be one of the most metal-ass games of all time, but guess we’ll have to wait a little longer for the ultimate evil. Check out the trailer below:
Words by Chris Krovatin