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Overwatch and World Of Warcraft director Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard


Jeff Kaplan has left the building (pic: YouTube)

After almost two decades at the companythe man in charge of Overwatch has left Blizzard, as work on Overwatch 2 continues at ‘a good pace’.

Despite having been at Blizzard for 19 years, Jeff Kaplan has only worked on three published games, but what a trio they are: Warcraft 3, World Of Warcraft (and its expansions), and Overwatch.

But all good things come to an end and Kaplan has announced he’s leaving the company and turning over leadership of Overwatch to co-director Aaron Keller.

‘I am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing years. It was truly the honour of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience’, wrote Kaplan in his parting blog.

‘I want to say a special thanks to the wonderful game developers that shared in the journey of creation with me. Never accept the world as it appears to be. Always dare to see it for what it could be. I hope you do the same’, he added.

As one of Blizzard’s top designers, Kaplan stopped working on World Of Warcraft in 2009 to lead the doomed Titan project, which was to have been the company’s new MMO.

Although it never came to anything, the project eventually morphed into Overwatch and Kaplan has been the public face of the game ever since.

That means he leaves Blizzard before the completion of Overwatch 2, which at one point seemed like it was heading for an early release, but which has been delayed because of the pandemic.

However, Kaplan described development of the game as ‘continuing at a good pace’ and promised more frequent updates about Overwatch 2 and changes to the existing game ‘very soon’.

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