With Jeff Kaplan waving goodbye to the Overwatch Team and Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch gains a new Game Director, Aaron Keller. As shocking as it is to see Kaplan go, it’s unlikely that the change in leadership will have any drastic effects on the future of the popular FPS.
As an original member of the team, Keller has been working alongside Kaplan since the beginning of development. He has been a part of Blizzard itself for eighteen years now. He has also worked on other titles such as World of Warcraft in the past. Keller is anything but new to the scene, promising a future just as bright as the one his predecessor laid out.
Fans will be saddened to no longer hear “Hey guys, it’s Jeff from the Overwatch Team” at the start of the beloved developer updates. It will be interesting, however, to see the direction in which they take the game. With Overwatch 2 well on its way, the foundation and general path to where the game is headed should be pretty clear by now. Rest assured, you’ll still be seeing the game evolve and improve as intended from here on out.
THE FUTURE OF OVERWATCH
As part of the announcement of the change in leadership for Overwatch, Keller also briefly discussed the sequel and their development speed after BlizzConline. He ensures that development is going well, even amidst the change in leadership. Keller also stated that they have many updates for the original game lined up. He plans to share details about the upcoming game over the next year. It will not be released in 2021, however.
The new Game Director hopes to deliver more frequent updates on the awaited title. After the team went dark for nearly an entire year on the subject, it is good to hear that they intend to communicate with the player base more in the near future.
Help us thank Jeff Kaplan for being the Mercy to our Genji. Thank you for always daring to see the world as it could be.
Also, help us welcome Aaron Keller as Overwatch's new Game Director. We can't wait to continue fighting for the future with you.
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 20, 2021
Even though we bid farewell today to one of our favourite faces of the gaming industry, the game’s future is still looking positive. If you haven’t already purchased a copy of the game, now’s the time to jump in, available on all major platforms.
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