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Blizzard says they won't have any major games in 2019

Blizzard not only culls 800 jobs but the developer has added it won't have any 'frontline releases' in 2019

By Anthony Garreffa from Feb 12, 2019 @ 20:28 CST

Activision-Blizzard announced today that it is culling 800 of its workforce, representing roughly 8% of all employees, and now we find out that developer Blizzard won't have any 'frontline releases' the 2019 fiscal year.

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Collister "Coddy" Johnson, president of Activision-Blizzard explained: "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 2019".

While we might not see full fledged AAA games in the form of Diablo 4, Overwatch 2 or a major expansion for World of Warcraft - it does means we could see a smaller release. This would be something that's not a "frontline release" and could end up as Diablo: Immortal, the controversial mobile-focused title in the franchise, or World of Warcraft Classic.

We'll have to wait and see, with GDC 2019 right around the corner and E3 2019 just a few months away from now, we'll get a better picture of what Activision-Blizzard has planned this post-Thanos-snap style culling of its workforce.



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