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Jeff Kaplan, Game Director of Overwatch, Leaves Blizzard.

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Jeff Kaplan, Blizzard Vice President and Game Director for Overwatch, is leaving Blizzard. The announcement comes from the official Overwatch website. Aaron Keller, a founding member of the Overwatch team and a Blizzard veteran, will take over as Game Director.

Greetings Overwatch community,

Jeff has been a great leader, mentor, and friend, Y he knows how much They were I’ll miss him. I was lucky to work with him and the The rest of Overwatch team for many years on edifice something that continues to inspire people all all over the world, and I am honored to carry the torch forward.

Aaron Keller, Overwatch’s new game director

Jeff Kaplan has been the public face of Overwatch before leaving Blizzard, helping promote the game and interacting with fans. Prior to his work on Overwatch, he had also worked as a quest designer for World of Warcraft and quality assurance for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.

He initially pursued a career in film and earned a graduate degree in creative writing. He never expected to get a job in the video game industry due to his lack of programming skills.

Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

Jeff Kaplan being discovered by Blizzard

After participating in the MMO game Everquest, he joined the “Legacy of Steel” guild, where he became a highly recognized player for his achievements and even posted his comments about the game on the guild’s website.

Kaplan spoke about his attempts at making maps, which caught the attention of his guild leader, Rob Pardo, who was Blizzard’s lead designer for Warcraft III at the time. Kaplan knew that some of his guild members were Blizzard employees.

Pardo invited Kaplan to Blizzard’s Los Angeles offices, where he was introduced to the other guild members and even showed him World of Warcraft, which hadn’t been announced at the time. World of Warcraft would become one of the greatest MMORPGs of all time.

Credit: Blizzard

Pardo suggested that Kaplan apply for a job as a quest designer for World of Warcraft; Kaplan followed his advice and was hired in May 2002, realizing that his invitation to the Blizzard offices was an informal job interview.

Working on Overwatch

In February 2009, Kaplan announced that he would be leaving direct play for World of Warcraft to work on a new project, which would later become known as Titan. After some development problems, Titan was canceled in September 2014.

Only 40 members of the Titan team had not been reassigned to other projects, and they were tasked with creating a new IP within a few weeks; otherwise they would also be reassigned.

Jeff Kaplan Blizzard
Credit: IGN

Kaplan and Chris Metzen, who had been creative director of World of Warcraft, led the team to take some creative and gameplay elements from Titan to create a team shooter game, which would eventually become Overwatch.

When Overwatch launched, it was hugely successful at Blizzard, earning more than $ 1 billion in revenue during its first year and having more than 35 million players worldwide. It was then that Kaplan decided to become the public face of Overwatch.

Jeff Kaplan Blizzard
Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

Jeff Kaplan’s departure from Blizzard

Neither Blizzard nor Jeff Kaplan himself gave a reason why he left Blizzard, which makes it even weirder, given that this occurs during development of Overwatch 2, which is not even expected to release this year.

I 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 I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at blizzard who supported our games, our gaming teams, and our players. but I 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 I hope you do the same.

gg,

Jeffrey kaplan

Jeffrey Kaplan

However, Overwatch and Overwatch 2 should be in good hands, as Aaron Keller is a founding member of the Overwatch team and an 18-year Blizzard veteran.

It is unknown where Jeff is currently heading, but wherever he goes, we wish him the best of efforts. He will always be a beloved figure in the Overwatch community.

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