Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan leaves BlizzardApril 22, 2021
The news comes via an announcement on the Blizzard website. After a 19-year career with the company, Jeff Kaplan is leaving his position as game director for Overwatch. “It was truly the honour of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience,” says Kaplan in his parting message. “I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at blizzard who supported our games, our game teams and our players.” The message ends with the standout Overwatch statement: “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.”
Aaron Keller will be succeeding Kaplan in the role of game director for Overwatch. Keller has been with Blizzard for 18 years, was one of the founding members of the Overwatch team, and has worked side-by-side with Kaplan for many years. “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.” Keller has been working on Overwatch since the get-go, and due to his experience with the title, we’re sure the game is in very safe hands.
Keller also confirms that the development of Overwatch 2 is well underway and that the team will soon have information to share. “We have an exceptional vision we’re executing on, the reaction from many of you to the updates we shared at BlizzConline thrilled us, and we have exciting reveals planned for this year and beyond as we ramp to launch,” he says.
Is anyone else disappointed that Tracer doesn’t shoot lasers from her eyes? We’ll just have to look forward to finding out how Overwatch 2 is shaping up in the future…