The rumor comes from Dexerto editor Richard Lewis, who doesn’t provide any sources but says they have “good authority” to believe it. Lewis said prior to the pandemic, Blizzard was tentatively planning to launch Overwatch 2 at the same time as Overwatch Mobile. The goal, according to Lewis, was to announce Overwatch Mobile in the lead-up to Overwatch 2’s launch, presumably so both games could build off each others’ hype.
Lewis says this was tentatively Blizzard’s plan ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to massive shifts in game development across the industry. Lewis’ insinuation is that Blizzard may have changed its plans following the implementation of work-from-home policies. The transition, as well as the lost development efficiency, could have led Blizzard to instead shift its resources toward a different project. Alternatively, the mobile game project may have simply been delayed