Jeff Kaplan, finest referred to as the director of Overwatch, is leaving Blizzard after 19 years with the firm. Aaron Keller, an 18-year Blizzard dev who’s labored on Overwatch from the starting, will take over as director on each Overwatch and Overwatch 2. Additional information on each video games is coming quickly,

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 particularly beloved amongst the Overwatch group, and it’s going to be a bit hole seeing any future developer replace movies open with no “this is Jeff from the Overwatch team”. Let’s take a minute to recollect the memes, goofy quotes, Yule logs, and waifu tier lists that we’re forsaking.

“It was truly the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience,” Kaplan says. “I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at Blizzard who supported our games, our game teams and our players. But 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.”

Kaplan’s departure is considered one of many losses of high-profile Blizzard staff over the previous few years, together with Hearthstone director Ben Brode, Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime, and numerous others. Blizzard’s fame amongst followers definitely isn’t what it as soon as was, however right here’s hoping that the devs who stay at the firm can proceed to construct video games price caring about.

That Overwatch 2 release date continues to be a good distance off, although.