Before Microsoft agreed to acquire Activision, the latter company’s stock prices had fallen rapidly. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had attributed this to the delays of Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV. However, Overwatch 2 producer Tracy Kennedy has turned the tables, blaming Kotick himself for the game’s delays and problems.
Why is Bobby Kotick responsible for Overwatch 2’s problems?
Apparently Kotick would randomly “slide” projects in front of the original overwatch game to the development team, according to a Tweet from Kennedy as spotted by GamesRadar. These projects would then be developed overtime, only to be canceled a few months later. This would mean months of development time Overwatch 2 had meanwhile been lost. Kennedy also cited the sheer number of employees leaving Activision’s studios, sometimes “nearly entire teams,” citing Kotick as the reason.
Oh wait, that’s right, you’re hiding behind scapegoats because you’re a coward, my fault. The whole world will remember you as a greedy joke, and you can’t change that. We survived you and we won. Bye
— Tracy Kennedy 💙✊ (@dogspinster) January 19, 2022
Overwatch 2 has had some issues where development took longer than expected. The game was recently delayed to give the team more time to build content and support after launch. The California lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging a toxic and abusive culture has also resulted in high staff turnover and new people on the team. Many prominent developers have left the company, including director Jeff Kaplan and executive producer Chacko Sonny.
On the other hand, Blizzard has previously claimed development of Overwatch 2 delayed support for overwatch. Whatever the reason, Overwatch 2 is not expected before 2023 at the earliest.
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