Jeff Kaplan, who worked at Blizzard for 19 years as game director and vice president, announced his departure from the company. Overwatch 2 is being developed.
Blizzard Entertainment game director and vice president Jeff KaplanAnnounced that he left the company after 19 years. Kaplan thanked both fans and the developers he has worked with for years, in a statement he made on Blizzard’s website. The company is losing another important name that has kept it up for years.
Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard
Kaplan, in his statement He gave the following statements:
“It was truly an honor for a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience. I would like to express my deep gratitude to everyone who supported our games at Blizzard, our game teams, and our players. But also a special one to the great game developers who shared this journey with me. I want to thank you.
Never accept the world as it seems. Always dare to see what can happen. I hope you do the same. “
Blizzard also announced the new leader of the Overwatch developer team, saying that the development of the sequel to the series is continuing at “good pace”. 18-year-old Blizzard employee Aaron Keller, who lists himself as a leading level designer on his LinkedIn profile, will step in as Overwatch 2 game director.
The company said Keller was a founding member of the Overwatch team and previously helped establish World of Warcraft. Keller made the following statement to the players afterwards:
“Overwatch 2Speaking of, development continues at a good pace. We have an extraordinary vision we’ve been building on, we’re excited by the response so many of you have responded to the updates we’ve shared on BlizzConline, and we have exciting revisions planned for this year and beyond as we move towards launch.
We’ll be sharing more frequent updates about Overwatch 2 progress and new features in the live game very soon. While I have no claim to replacing Jeff, I am excited to step into the role of game director and continue to be part of a team that focuses all of its heart on Overwatch’s next iteration, and I am honored to serve this incredible community. “
The company announced in February that neither Overwatch 2 nor Diablo 4 would be released until 2022. You can also express your opinions about this separation in the comments.