Overwatch 2 delay is Bobby Kotick's fault says producer

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Overwatch producer Tracy Kennedy has blamed Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick for the problems that have plagued the game and development on its sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Kennedy said that Kotick would shove random projects onto the Overwatch team, prompting them to work overtime, only for those projects to be cancelled.

This also resulted in lost development time for Overwatch 2, which would not only explain its delay but also the dearth of news surrounding it.

This comes after Kotick told GamesBeat that the decline in Activision's stock prices was mainly due to the delays of Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4, rather than the sexual harassment allegations and lawsuit.

Bye bye Bobby

Kotick has been met with near constant criticism during his tenure as Activision CEO, although recently the complaints have centered around his handling of the aforementioned sexual harassment allegations.

A Wall Street Journal report even alleges that he deliberately covered up several instances of abuse within the company and once threatened to have his assistant killed.

Numerous Activision employees and members of the general public have called for Kotick to be sacked. It's now believed he could leave the company once the Microsoft acquisition is finalized, although he'll likely be given a substantial pay-out for his departure.

As for Overwatch 2, the game was announced in late 2019 and has barely been talked about since. There have been sporadic updates on things like the new character designs, but everything points to the game suffering development trouble.

Aside from the lack of a release date, release platforms haven't been confirmed either, although it's believed to at least come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Michael Beckwith

Michael is a freelance writer with bylines at the Metro, TechRaptor, and Game Rant. A Computer Games Design and Creative Writing graduate, he's been passionate about video games since the Game Boy Color, particularly Nintendo games, with Xenoblade Chronicles being his favorite game ever. Despite everything, he's still a Sonic the Hedgehog fan.