Are you hoping to see a new major Blizzard title released this year? Unfortunately that will not be the case because according to Activision Blizzard’s COO Coddy Johnson, there are no plans for any “major frontline” releases for Blizzard titles this year which means that any hope of seeing a Diablo 4 is all but gone.
According to Johnson, “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.” What’s interesting is that based on this statement, it seems that Blizzard might not consider the upcoming release of “Diablo Immortal” to be a major release.
Given that Blizzard seems to be done with the current storyline of StarCraft, and there doesn’t seem to be plans for a new Warcraft RTS anytime soon, nor a sequel/expansion for Overwatch, we suppose Johnson’s comments make sense. Blizzard seems to be going through a bit of a turbulent time at the moment where they have laid off quite a bit of their work force.
They have also been facing a lot of backlash from fans over the content in games such as World of Warcraft, and the lack of a Diablo 4 announcement probably did not help either.