Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has departed Blizzard

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Overwatch director Jeff Kalpan has left Blizzard after 19 years with the corporate.

Blizzard introduced Kaplan’s departure immediately. Founding member of the Overwatch group, Aaron Keller, shall be stepping in as the sport’s new director.

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“Aaron has been a vital a part of the Overwatch group and a key driver in creating the imaginative and prescient for the sport,” stated Blizzard. “He helped create Overwatch as an authentic member of the group, and as an 18-year veteran at Blizzard, he has labored side-by-side with Jeff for a very long time, not solely in constructing Overwatch however beforehand in serving to to construct World of Warcraft as effectively.”

“Jeff’s been an incredible chief, mentor, and good friend, and he is aware of how a lot we’re going to overlook him,’ stated Keller in an official assertion. “I’ve been fortunate to work alongside him and the remainder of the Overwatch group for a few years in constructing one thing that continues to encourage folks all around the globe, and I’m honored to hold the torch ahead.”

Keller went on to reward the Overwatch group and to guarantee followers it’s nonetheless in good arms, and that improvement on Overwatch 2 is “persevering with at a superb tempo.”

“We have now an distinctive imaginative and prescient we’re executing on, the response from lots of you to the updates we shared at BlizzConline thrilled us, and we have now thrilling reveals deliberate for this yr and past as we ramp to launch,” stated Keller. “We’ll be sharing extra frequent updates about Overwatch 2 progress and new options within the dwell sport with you all very quickly.”

Kaplan added a private observe stating that his 19 years at Blizzard have been “superb.”

“It was actually the dignity of a lifetime to have the chance to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate viewers,” stated Kaplan. “I wish to specific my deep appreciation to everybody at blizzard who supported our video games, our sport groups and our gamers. However I wish to say a particular because of the great sport builders that shared within the journey of creation with me.

“By no means settle for the world because it seems to be. At all times dare to see it for what it might be. I hope you do the identical.”

Kaplan’s didn’t contact upon his future plans.

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