Jeff Kaplan, game director of multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch, is leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 years with the company. He did not name the reason for leaving, but thanked his colleagues and players for their support. Here’s what Kaplan wrote in a personal note:
“I am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing years.
I was truly honored to be able to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience. I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone at Blizzard who has supported our games, our game teams, and our players. I also want to say a special thank you to the wonderful game developers who shared the creative journey with me.
Never accept the world as it seems. Always try to see him as he can be. Hope you do the same.
Jeffrey Kaplan “
The game director will be Aaron Keller, a Blizzard veteran and co-founder of the Overwatch team. He was involved in the creation of the shooter from the very beginning and for a long time worked side by side with Jeff not only on the shooter, but also previously, helping to create World of Warcraft.
Keller said that Overwatch 2 development will continue at a “good pace” with the team sharing more frequent updates on the game in the near future, including the progression system and other features.