Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM-APRIL 5: Portrait of American video games developer Jeff Kaplan, photographed at the W London hotel in London on April 5, 2017. Kaplan is best known for his work on video game franchises Destiny and World Of Warcraft. (Photo by James Sheppard/Edge Magazine/Future via Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM-APRIL 5: Portrait of American video games developer Jeff Kaplan, photographed at the W London hotel in London on April 5, 2017. Kaplan is best known for his work on video game franchises Destiny and World Of Warcraft. (Photo by James Sheppard/Edge Magazine/Future via Getty Images)

After playing for Blizzard for nearly two decades, one of the company’s most well-known developers, Jeff Kaplan, has officially announced that he will leave the game manufacturer. “It is the greatest honor of my life to have the opportunity to create the world and heroes for such a group of enthusiastic players.” Shared by the officialfarewell letterKaplan wrote.

After Kaplan left, the position of the game director of Overwatch was vacated. The next “Overwatch 2” development will be taken over by the former assistant director Aaron Keller, who is also a veteran Blizzard employee. He and Kaplan had previously collaborated in the development of “World of Warcraft”. “Jeff is a great leader, mentor and close friend. He knows how much we will miss him in the future.” Keller said, “I am very fortunate to have worked with him and the Overwatch team members for many years to create Works that inspire players all over the world, it’s my honor to receive the torch from Jeff.”

It’s just that in the eyes of many Overwatch players, the timing of Kaplan’s departure will inevitably make people worry about the future development of the game. In the past year, the number of important updates for the initial work of “Overwatch” has become less and less, and the new “Overwatch 2” is nowhere in sight, at least not this year. In this regard, Keller said that the sequel “is continuing to develop at a good pace,” and Blizzard “soon” will share more game-related updates.