The iconic game director of Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan has departed Blizzard Entertainment after 19 years and will no longer be ‘Jeff from the Overwatch Team’. The new game director for Overwatch and the continuing development of Overwatch 2 will be Aaron Keller, another Blizzard veteran and one of the founding members of the Overwatch team.
Presumably with broken shift and caps lock keys on his keyboard, Jeff wrong the following farewell message:
i am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing years.
it was truly the honor of a lifetime to have the opportunity to create worlds and heroes for such a passionate audience. 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.
Hope you get your keyboard fixed soon, Jeff.
So why is Jeff an icon? Well, simply for his appearances in the developer update videos and his customary self introduction as ‘Jeff from the Overwatch Team’, spawning a slew of memes and most memorably this rather catchy auto-tuned song:
There’s also this fun time:
Overwatch 2 is an unusual sequel-cum-expansion to the existing game that will be backward compatible with Overwatch with heroes, balance, maps and other competitive multiplayer content. To put it another way, Blizzard are adding all the new competitive content to keep the original game in lockstep. So what’s new? Well, a major expansion of the PvE co-op content, going beyond seasonal events to really flesh out the game’s playable story. The last update on Overwatch 2’s development came back at BlizzConline in Febraury, where Blizzard revealed new maps, new character skins and new enemies. However, they have also admitted that Overwatch 2 will not release in 2021.