Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Leaves Blizzard Entertainment

Today, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Jeff Kaplan, Director on Overwatch, is leaving the company.

Overwatch’s Assistant Game Director, Aaron Keller, will be replacing him. In the announcement post, Keller said, “I’ve been lucky to work alongside Jeff 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.”

In this same post, Jeff Kaplan writes:

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.  

Keller also took the opportunity to share some news about the development of Overwatch 2. “Speaking of Overwatch 2, development is continuing at a good pace.” he said. “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. We’ll be sharing more frequent updates about Overwatch 2 progress and new features in the live game with you all very soon.”

Throughout the day, teams of the Overwatch League and the official OWL account took to Twitter to express their thanks to Kaplan.

Before his work on Overwatch, Kaplan began his career at Blizzard Entertainment as a quest designer for World of Warcraft in 2002 before moving up the ranks to become its Director until he eventually moved to Overwatch.

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