New information from Dexerto's Editor-at-Large, Richard Lewis, claims that he knows from "good authority" that Blizzard was planning to release an Overwatch mobile game. He shared this information on the record during an episode of The Four Horsemen podcast.
“I have it on good authority that the original plan before the pandemic really kicked everything into survival mode was that they wanted to release Overwatch 2 and Overwatch Mobile at the same time essentially,” Lewis says on the podcast while discussing mobile gaming with the other three hosts.
In the clip, as seen here, Lewis goes on to elaborate on how the pandemic affected Blizzard's plans. Activision-Blizzard's recent investors call for the fourth quarter reveal that their priority remains to "expand" on mobile gaming platforms, pointing at the success of the Call of Duty franchise after they made a mobile game of it.
Chris Hickey, the Senior Vice President of Investors relations went on the record to say, "For Overwatch, we intend to not only reinvigorate the franchise for the existing community with the launch of Overwatch 2, but also substantially broaden the community through business model and growth initiatives across platforms."
President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Alegre supports the statements made by Hickey in the same investors call with, "The Overwatch franchise continues to engage its community with in-game content and to celebrate its players in the Overwatch League where teams are preparing for the start of the 2021 season in April. And mobile remains a top priority at Blizzard, both to give existing fans new ways to engage and to allow new players to experience its franchises."
While it has been confirmed that Overwatch 2 will not be released this year, fans can remain hopeful that both its release and that of mobile games is the current priority at Activision-Blizzard.