Jeff Kaplan, best known as the director of Overwatch, is leaving Blizzard after 19 years with the company. Aaron Keller, an 18-year Blizzard dev who’s worked on Overwatch from the beginning, will take over as director on both Overwatch and Overwatch 2. Additional news on both games is coming soon,
Aaron Keller says in the announcement that Overwatch 2 “development is continuing at a good pace. 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.”
Of course, Kaplan was an especially beloved among the Overwatch community, and it’s going to be a bit hollow seeing any future developer update videos open without a “this is Jeff from the Overwatch team”. Let’s take a minute to remember the memes, goofy quotes, Yule logs, and waifu tier lists that we’re leaving behind.