Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has left Blizzard

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Jeff Kaplan, the most public face of Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch, has left the company.

In a letter posted todayKaplan said that “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 has supported our games, our game teams and our players. But I want to say a special thanks to the great game developers who have shared the journey with me. It is not clear where Kaplan is going, but his tenure at Blizzard lasted 19 years.

It is also unclear what this could mean OverwatchThe game is in an odd place right now, with a sequel in the works not expected to release until after this year. Aaron Keller, described as one of the founders of the Overwatch team and an 18-year-old Blizzard veteran will take over the role of Kaplan.

In a statement, he wrote: “Jeff has been a great leader, mentor and friend, and he knows how much we will miss him. I’ve been lucky with him and the rest of the Overwatch team for many years in building something that continues to inspire people around the world, and I am honored to carry the torch forward. “

He added that “development continues at a good pace” on Overwatch 2, and that “we will be sharing more frequent updates on Overwatch 2 progress and new features in the live game with all of you very soon.