Game publisher Blizzard will not be releasing any major new game this year, Activision announced some days ago. Activision heads noted Blizzard will have “no major frontline release” in 2019.
“We expect materially lower financial performance this year,” said Activision Blizzard president Collister “Coddy” Johnson on the conference call, during which company brass discussed its 2018 fiscal year earnings. “2018 benefited from the release of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, whereas we are not planning a major frontline release for 2019.”
Whether that precludes the upcoming mobile game Diablo: Immortal, or World of WarcraftClassic, the re-release of the MMO’s original, pre-expansion version, is unclear; but with both playable at BlizzCon 2018, it seems that these games may not count as “frontline.”
That doesn’t mean Blizzard will be taking the year off, of course. The company will be diving into its past catalog for previously announced releases like World of Warcraft Classic and Warcraft 3: Reforged, both coming later this year.