Blizzard Developers and Fans React to Jeff Kaplan’s Departure From Overwatch: “I’m in Pure Disbelief”


After almost 20 years, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has announced that he is leaving Blizzard Entertainment. As quickly as this information broke, many from across the web started sharing their appreciation for his work at Blizzard and how, in some instances, his positivity and ardour helped encourage and change the lives of the individuals he met.Overwatch League Lead Observer Maikol Brito mentioned they had been in “pure disbelief” over the departure, and that those that used the phrase “Don’t meet you heroes” have by no means met Jeff Kaplan.

Principal Designer Craig Morrison, who labored on the cancelled Project Titan with Jeff, shared a narrative about how, although he hadn’t been at Blizzard for very lengthy, Jeff had his again.

Jeff Kaplan joined Blizzard in 2002 as a designer on World of Warcraft, developing quests for the MMORPG that had yet to be released. He was eventually credited as a game director on World of Warcraft and, in 2009, he was put in charge of the now-cancelled first-person shooter known as Project Titan.

Even although Project Titan by no means noticed the sunshine of day, Jeff and lots of the workforce members took the concepts they’d for that sport, redesigned them, and turned them into the team-based hero shooter everyone knows now as Overwatch.

“The Overwatch Community Won’t Be the Same Without Him”

Not solely did those that labored with Jeff have nice issues to say about him, however members of the over 50 million robust Overwatch neighborhood additionally took the time to share how essential and significant his tenure at Blizzard was.

While some are a bit nervous as to the way forward for Overwatch, its sequel, and Blizzard with out Jeff, none of that stopped them from additionally saying how a lot of an affect Jeff had on the sport and its gamers.

IGN’s Armando Torres shared a video of Jeff Kaplan giving him tips about enjoying Reinhardt, whereas saying the Overwatch neighborhood will not be the identical with out him.

The Reddit Overwatch community additionally shared their appreciation for Jeff Kaplan utilizing an iconic Wolverine meme.

Another Reddit consumer named /Investandhopefordub mentioned that, with out Jeff and the Overwatch workforce, they would not know who they’d be.

@timthetatman mentioned that it is going to be laborious to think about Blizzard with out the “absolute legend” that’s Jeff Kaplan.

The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley wished the perfect to Jeff Kaplan, who he referred to as “one of our industry’s most gifted and passionate designers.”

@PharaohOW on Twitter praised Jeff’s monitor document, saying, “20 years and the guy hasn’t missed once.”

@Jaymcastello shared a narrative that once they interviewed Jeff Kaplan, they felt that they had been “Doing The Damn Thing which led to me having a lot more confidence in my career & shooting for cooler stuff.”

@SamitoFPS said that, whereas “Jeff Kaplan will go down a Blizzard Legend,” the brand new management for Overwatch “will need to make up for the poor direction the game has taken.”

@PhilReyes_11 mentioned Overwatch won’t ever be the identical following Jeff’s departure.

Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard whereas Overwatch 2 improvement continues to be underway. For extra on the a lot anticipated sequel, try Jeff’s answers to questions about Overwatch 2 and 55 new details revealed about that game at BlizzCon 2021.
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