Following the months of controversy and legal trouble surrounding Activision-Blizzard and its ongoing workplace culture scandal, Lego has indefinitely delayed its Overwatch 2 sets.
TheBrickFan reports the set, which includes Tracer, Mei, and an Omnic robot, won’t be making its projected February 1 release date, as Lego is in the process of reevaluating its relationship with Activision-Blizzard in the wake of the allegations and lawsuit filed by the state of California.
We are currently reviewing our partnership with Activision Blizzard, given concerns about the progress being made to address continuing allegations regarding workplace culture, especially the treatment of female colleagues and creating a diverse and inclusive environment. While we complete the review, we will pause the release of a LEGO Overwatch 2 product which was due to go on sale on February 1, 2022.
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Overwatch and Lego have been collaborating for several years at this point, with multiple sets featuring characters like Soldier: 76, Wrecking Ball, D.Va, and Reinhardt having been released since 2019. But it appears the state of Activision-Blizzard is starting to affect its partnerships in a tangible way, should anything further come of this.
The public nature of a lot of the fallout has led to companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo reacting internally, but how, if at all, those console manufacturers have altered their relationship with Activision-Blizzard is unclear at this point. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said that the relationship has changed, but not in a way he would discuss publicly.