Are you hoping we’ll see Diablo 4 this year? Maybe a new, AAA IP from Blizzard? If so, don’t hold your breath. During Activision Blizzard’s earnings call, Chief Operating Officer Coddy Johnson confirmed that the company os expecting “lower financial performance” this year.
Comparing this year to 2018, Johnson commented that Blizzard released World of Warcraft: Battle of Azeroth last year, compared to this year which has no “major frontline release.”
We expect materially lower financial performance this year. 2018 benefited from the release of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, whereas we are not planning a major frontline release for Blizzard in 2019. And Blizzard exited 2018 with softness for its in-game revenues that will take time to stabilize and return to growth. While these factors will weigh on Blizzard’s financials this year, looking further ahead, Blizzard’s pipeline of PC, console and mobile content is richer than ever and we expect a significant addition of development resources to accelerate the pace of delivery over time. – Coddy Johnson, Activision Blizzard Chief Operating Officer
Does this mean Diablo Immortal isn’t part of this “major frontline,” or that it’ll be delayed? We can’t say for sure for now. But for those hoping to see a surprise Blizzard game come out this year, don’t get your hopes up, alright?
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