Which upcoming Blizzard game are you most excited for?
They probably won’t be here anytime soon — we know for a fact that some of Blizzard’s biggest titles that are still in development, like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, won’t be released in 2022. Which, despite leaving us with a long, hard wait, is probably a good thing: in the wise words of Shigeru Miyamoto, “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”
Personally, Diablo 4 is the one for me. I was a Diablo fan before I was even a WoW or Hearthstone fan; that game is what really pulled me into the Blizzard fandom. Everything we’ve seen from Diablo 4 so far looks extremely promising. The game looks like it has learned the best lessons from Diablo 2, such as the general atmosphere and RPG feel, as well as from Diablo 3, with its refined, extremely fun core gameplay. I know it can be hard to be excited about Blizzard’s future lately, for reasons that are completely unrelated to gameplay itself, but Diablo 4 still has the power to keep me very intrigued, and dare I say, excited.
Overwatch 2 is another interesting — if complicated — beast. It’s not such a profound change from the previous game to the next one as in the case of Diablo; it still uses the same foundation that Overwatch did. Heck, the Overwatch League itself is set to already use an early build of Overwatch 2 going forward. Yet the game has seemingly found itself in some sort of development hell which reminds us of Project Titan at times.
On the other hand, we also have the next World of Warcraft expansion, which might still be released this year — but even if it is, it’ll probably be in the tail end of 2022. Blizzard hasn’t officially stated anything, but a lot of players expect — for good or for worse — that WoW’s patch 10.0 might bring fundamental changes to the game. This is all speculation territory, and speculation can often end in disappointment, but fans have been expecting to see something like the ability for cross-faction play, or changes to the world that could undo some of the damage done by the Cataclysm — which, at this point, has been the default state of the world for longer than the pristine world that existed before it (and that is just wrong).
Finally, Hearthstone might be the one Blizzard game that people don’t expect big, earth-shattering releases from, but that despite all odds keeps steadily delivering new content. While there’s no “Hearthstone 2” or anything similar on the cards, we do know that Blizzard is currently working on some unannounced project that should include “mechanically and narratively interesting missions within an established Blizzard IP,” and that is looking for candidates with such attributes as “experience creating and running pen and paper RPG campaigns, and/or live-action RPGs,” and “a love of RPG games (tabletop or computer).” Is that “established Blizzard IP” Hearthstone? We have no idea, but we do know that several big names that used to work on Hearthstone have been leaving that team to work on an unannounced project. The plot thickens!
So, what are your thoughts? Which of these upcoming Blizzard releases excites you — if any? Are you eagerly waiting for the big titles like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, or are you more invested in whatever the next WoW expansion will be? Or, perhaps, you’re still looking to be surprised by a yet-to-be-announced game? Let us know!
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