Overwatch Director Announced Departure From Blizzard Entertainment Following Near Two Decades At The Studio

Posted on April 24, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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As time progressed since the initial 2016 release of Overwatch, the long-supported title is surely due for an upgrade. Thankfully, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced that Overwatch 2 is already well into development. Most interesting is that the game is a malleable release for those that play the matchmaking. In that, multiplayer will be linked to the first game as new content comes, but the sequel will feature a single-player campaign.

While the game studio continues to crack at the progress for the follow-up installment for its latest IP, there is some unfortunate new to bear in mind. That being the game is not ensured to arrive this year. In a financial report done by Activision Blizzard, it is revealed that Overwatch 2 alongside Diablo IV are both exempt from a 2021 launch unfortunately.

But to layer on bad news, it was announced this week that Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan will be leaving Blizzard Entertainment prior to the release of the second game. You can read his full statement below:

I am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing years. It was truly the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience. I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at blizzard who supported our games, our game teams and our players.

But I want to say a special thanks to the wonderful game developers that shared in the journey of creation with me. never accept the world as it appears to be. Always dare to see it for what it could be. I hope you do the same. gg, Jeffery Kaplan.

And with the good bye for Jeff Kaplan, Blizzard Entertainment announces that Overwatch founder Aaron Keller will be taking the helm. He says, “Jeff’s been a great leader, mentor, and friend, and he knows how much we’re going to miss him. I’ve been lucky to work alongside him and the rest of the Overwatch team for many years in building something that continues to inspire people all around the world, and I’m honored to carry the torch forward.”

Continuing, “I love Overwatch. From our first pieces of concept art, to the first maps we built, to the first time I was able to run around as Tracer (who at that early point shot laser beams out of her eyes), this game has just clicked with me. I love its inspiring, hopeful, beautiful world worth fighting for. I love its characters—larger than life, colorful, powerful, and global. And most of all, I love the fast, fluid gameplay requiring teamwork, situational awareness, and quick decision making.

“I also recognize that making games at Blizzard has always been a group effort and never about just one point of view. Together with the rest of the team I feel fortunate that we have a deep bench of development and creative leaders, numerous veteran Blizzard artists and designers, and some extremely talented new blood as well—along with tons of support throughout the company for the live game and for Overwatch 2.”

Now with new leadership overlooking the franchise and the second game at Blizzard Entertainment, that is not all that is underway for Overwatch. In one report from Kotaku, Blizzard appears to be working to bring an animated television show of the series to life. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you excited for the next chapter for the Overwatch team?

Source: Blizzard Entertainment

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