Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan is leaving Blizzard Entertainment. The firm introduced the personnel change on the game’s official website Tuesday, naming Aaron Keller, Overwatch assistant game director, as Kaplan’s alternative within the function.

Kaplan was continuously the general public face of Overwatch, showing entrance and middle in developer replace movies, at BlizzCon, and at Overwatch League occasions. Blizzard didn’t specify why Kaplan was leaving, nor did Kaplan himself in an announcement launched on the Overwatch web site.

Here is Kaplan’s assertion:

i’m leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 wonderful years.

it was really the glory of a lifetime to have the chance to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate viewers. i need to categorical my deep appreciation to everybody at blizzard who supported our video games, our game groups and our gamers. however i need to say a particular because of the fantastic game builders that shared within the journey of creation with me.

by no means settle for the world because it seems to be. all the time dare to see it for what it could possibly be. i hope you do the identical.

Keller, in his personal assertion, addressed the elephant within the room — that Kaplan is leaving within the midst of Overwatch 2’s improvement. Development on the sequel is “continuing at a good pace,” Keller mentioned, and he promised extra updates quickly:

I additionally acknowledge that making video games at Blizzard has all the time been a gaggle effort and by no means about only one standpoint. Together with the remainder of the workforce I really feel lucky that we’ve a deep bench of improvement and inventive leaders, quite a few veteran Blizzard artists and designers, and a few extraordinarily proficient new blood as nicely—together with tons of help all through the corporate for the dwell game and for Overwatch 2.

Speaking of Overwatch 2, improvement is continuous at a great tempo. We have an distinctive imaginative and prescient we’re executing on, the response from lots of you to the updates we shared at BlizzConline thrilled us, and we’ve thrilling reveals deliberate for this 12 months and past as we ramp to launch. We’ll be sharing extra frequent updates about Overwatch 2 progress and new options within the dwell game with you all very quickly.

Blizzard confirmed off new gameplay and up to date designs for a few of the hero roster for Overwatch 2 at BlizzConline in February. The sequel remains to be many months off, nevertheless, as mother or father firm Activision Blizzard mentioned earlier this 12 months to not count on Overwatch 2 to ship in 2021.