Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

By Tom West,
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has left Blizzard. He’ll be succeeded by 18-year Blizzard veteran and founding member of the Overwatch team, Aaron Keller.

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The news comes via an announcement on the Blizzard website. After a 19-year career with the company, Jeff Kaplan is leaving his position as game director for Overwatch. “It was truly the honour of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience,” Kaplan says in his parting message on the site. “I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at blizzard who supported our games, our game teams and our players.” The message ends with the standout Overwatch statement: “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.”

Aaron Keller will be succeeding Kaplan in the role of game director for Overwatch. Keller has been with Blizzard for 18 years, was one of the founding members of the Overwatch team, and has worked side-by-side with Kaplan for many years. “I love Overwatch. From our first pieces of concept art to the first maps we built, to the first time I was able to run around as Tracer (who at that early point shot laser beams out of her eyes), this game has just clicked with me.” Keller has been working on Overwatch since the get-go, and due to his experience with the title, we’re sure the game is in very safe hands.

“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," says Keller when confirming that the development of Overwatch 2 is well underway. We can expect to hear from the team soon regarding the game's progress.

Is anyone else disappointed that Tracer doesn’t shoot lasers from her eyes? We’ll just have to look forward to finding out how Overwatch 2 is shaping up in the future...
Tom West
Written by Tom West
Hey, I'm Tom! I joined TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies in 2021 as a Staff Writer. I'm a big achievement hunting fan so you may come across me in a session sometime. In a few short words I'm a hard rocking, alternative gamer with an addiction to The Elder Scrolls Online and a passion for wolves!