Whoever gave life to the Overwatch universe leaves Blizzard today after 19 years working for the largest video game company in the West. The designer said goodbye with a heartfelt letter, while Blizzard introduced the new director of the game, Aaron Keller.
The game community right now is in shock, especially as key moments for the franchise are approaching, it is expected that we will soon know what the release date of Overwatch 2 is and that the first title will deliver its latest characters, maps and other content before for the community to take the next step.
From decades of delivery
In any case, Kaplan leaves the project and the company where he started as a developer for Warcraft III and later for World of Warcraft. Kaplan got to work at Blizzard by chance, he was a very involved player in the MMO Everquest and in that community he met Rob Pardo, developer of Warcraft. Pardo invited him to join his team to launch a well-known MMO known as “WoW”. Kaplan agreed and ended up dedicating 19 years of his life to Blizzard.
At that time I also worked on Titan, another MMO that Blizzard eventually canceled. From the remnants of this project Overwatch was created and Kaplan has since been the director of the game and one of the most visible faces of Blizzard Entertainment. In this way, Kaplan is not only leaving his position as director but also as vice president of Blizzard Entertainment, so the news was certainly unexpected.
Here is Kaplan’s farewell letter:
“I’m leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 incredible 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 gaming teams, and our players. But I want to especially thank the wonderful game developers who shared the journey of creation with me.
Never accept the world as it seems to be Always dare to see it for what it could be. I hope you do the same.
Overwatch 2 still has no date but now the project will be in the hands of Aaron Keller who worked with Kaplan from the beginning and who Blizzard now supports.
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