Earlier this week, the state of California filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for fostering a culture of discrimination, harassment and gender pay differences for a "frat boy." While the publisher denies the allegations, he has acknowledged that now may not be the best time to generate excitement for a new Overwatch map.
According to an article now filed by Desert (via Eurogamer), Blizzard planned to announce yesterday a new Malevento Deathmatch map in a surprise PTR update. Described as one of the most vibrant maps in the game, the small Italian town would house a secret Talon base and was scheduled to arrive at the game itself on August 17.
With the story never to be published and Blizzard currently silent on radio on all social media accounts, there is no official word on why the ad was withdrawn. However, it is very likely that the team will decide that few people are willing to get excited about the new Blizzard content, not after the revelation that the culture of sexual abuse and harassment of the study was so vile that it reportedly led a female employee to suicide.
The allegations of mismanagement were backed up in a follow-up report that was set Warcraft 3: The infamous release of Reforged with poor communication, cost reduction and pressure from the company to send the game ahead of time.