Overwatch Overlord Jeff Kaplan Leaves Blizzard

Blizzard News announces new leadership for the Overwatch team where the new game director for the multiplayer hero shooter is Aaron Keller, a founding member of the Overwatch team. This is because former Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan is leaving the company after 19 years. The post includes a mention from Aaron about progress on development of Overwatch 2: "Speaking of Overwatch 2, development is continuing at a good pace. We have an exceptional vision we’re executing on, the reaction from many of you to the updates we shared at BlizzConline thrilled us, and we have exciting reveals planned for this year and beyond as we ramp to launch. We’ll be sharing more frequent updates about Overwatch 2 progress and new features in the live game with you all very soon." Here's the parting note from Jeff Kaplan:
i am leaving Blizzard Entertainment after 19 amazing 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 game teams and our players. but i want to say a special thanks to the wonderful game developers that shared in the journey of creation with me.

never accept the world as it appears to be. always dare to see it for what it could be. i hope you do the same.

gg,

jeffrey kaplan
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Apr 29, 2021, 00:22
Kxmode
 
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jdreyer wrote on Apr 21, 2021, 16:24:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 21, 2021, 13:12:
Jeff will likely join Mike and former Blizzard alumni over at Dreamhaven. At this point, Blizzard is a husk.
So is it a haven where dreams come true?

They do! At least for developers. Let's hope it comes true for gamers.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Apr 21, 2021, 16:24
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Kxmode wrote on Apr 21, 2021, 13:12:
Jeff will likely join Mike and former Blizzard alumni over at Dreamhaven. At this point, Blizzard is a husk.
So is it a haven where dreams come true?

I googled around a bit, but I didn't see any games announced yet. Looking forward to whatever they come up with.
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Cutter wrote on Apr 21, 2021, 11:55:
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 21:26:
Cutter wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 19:42:
Leaves a text message as an exit where he can't even bother to capitalize....pretty much says it all.




Or you help build an amazing company only to watch it chipped away over and over until nothing remains and you're so fed up you want to say something, but are too drained/emotional to give a fuck about capitalization.
And the line "I'd like to thank everyone at blizzard who supported.....x y z". Internal strife going on. Sounds like what Bioware went through.

Edited because I misread Cutter's remark (sorry having a bit of headaches/foggyness since second vax)


Are you ok? If not say something. Maybe check back with them. What brand did you get?

I got my second dose of Pfizer on Sunday, and was completely worthless at work on Monday. I took a nap at lunch, and another at 4PM. I was wiped out. Felt awesome on Tuesday though.
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Pepe wrote on Apr 21, 2021, 09:15:
LordSteev wrote on Apr 21, 2021, 06:21:
Blizzard seems to be coming apart at the seams. Also noteworthy, Kaplan is leaving after 19 years. In the military, that's just one year short of a pension.

You leave when you get a better offer me guesses, some old school blizz guys have been forming differrent companies lately, so who knows.


Did he get a better offer? My thought is that he's probably just tired of constant crunch is can afford to take some time off before looking around again.
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Apr 21, 2021, 13:12
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Apr 21, 2021, 13:12
 Kxmode
 
Jeff will likely join Mike and former Blizzard alumni over at Dreamhaven. At this point, Blizzard is a husk.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Yeah I am concerned about the replayabity factor as well. Graphics fidelity has made leaps and bounds over the decades but even with multi core processors AI sucks.
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The Half Elf wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 21:26:
Cutter wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 19:42:
Leaves a text message as an exit where he can't even bother to capitalize....pretty much says it all.




Or you help build an amazing company only to watch it chipped away over and over until nothing remains and you're so fed up you want to say something, but are too drained/emotional to give a fuck about capitalization.
And the line "I'd like to thank everyone at blizzard who supported.....x y z". Internal strife going on. Sounds like what Bioware went through.

Edited because I misread Cutter's remark (sorry having a bit of headaches/foggyness since second vax)


Are you ok? If not say something. Maybe check back with them. What brand did you get?
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ColoradoHoudini wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 20:38:
He has to be loaded, right? He did seem to be a genuinely good dude who cared about OW and loved the community.
Is is just me or is OW2 just PvE stuff like every event they have already? I didnt see anything really "new" or did I miss a lot of stuff they showcased?



It's focus is more in single player but it does include new multiplayer stuff, like a new game mode and several new characters. To learn more I recommend checking out the BlizzcOnline Overwatch 2 presentation. It's pretty hype.

As to Jeff, he was the heart of the game and will be missed.
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Apr 21, 2021, 10:54
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The Half Elf wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 19:14:
Wow..... All hands abandon ship, ALL HANDS ABANDON SHIP!

The Blizztanic is UNSINKABLE! Promise!
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The coop missions with the Archieves event are lame... a step backwards compared to the complexity of the multiplayer. OW2 is specializing in coop campaigns, but I just don't see the replayability unless there was a massive leap in opponent AI.

Maybe they'll smarten up, and add L4D-style gameplay. 4 heroes fight off waves of omnic robots while completing map objectives, but the 'speciality' opponents are human controlled who exploit the timing/situation to frag a hero.
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LordSteev wrote on Apr 21, 2021, 06:21:
Blizzard seems to be coming apart at the seams. Also noteworthy, Kaplan is leaving after 19 years. In the military, that's just one year short of a pension.

You leave when you get a better offer me guesses, some old school blizz guys have been forming differrent companies lately, so who knows.
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Blizzard seems to be coming apart at the seams. Also noteworthy, Kaplan is leaving after 19 years. In the military, that's just one year short of a pension.
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Overon wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 22:28:
Jeff didn't lave Blizzard, he left Activision-Blizzard. He's one of the few old school Blizzard employees that were left. And notice how he doesn't thank anyone at Activision in his goodbye speech. That says it all. Hopefully he will go to a place that still has the old school Blizzard mentality and culture, not the Activision-Blizzard mentality.


Jeff is a very well spoken man. If he thanked everyone at Blizzard it'd be like "I' want to express my deep appreciation to everyone at Blizzard for their support" instead of "at blizzard who supported our games, out game teams and our players" IE: not everyone at Blizzard was supportive. And with his ties to the Blizzard Community and Overwatch 2 in development to leave at 19 years.... yeah things are not good.
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Jeff didn't lave Blizzard, he left Activision-Blizzard. He's one of the few old school Blizzard employees that were left. And notice how he doesn't thank anyone at Activision in his goodbye speech. That says it all. Hopefully he will go to a place that still has the old school Blizzard mentality and culture, not the Activision-Blizzard mentality.
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Cutter wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 19:42:
Leaves a text message as an exit where he can't even bother to capitalize....pretty much says it all.




Or you help build an amazing company only to watch it chipped away over and over until nothing remains and you're so fed up you want to say something, but are too drained/emotional to give a fuck about capitalization.
And the line "I'd like to thank everyone at blizzard who supported.....x y z". Internal strife going on. Sounds like what Bioware went through.


This comment was edited on Apr 20, 2021, 22:40.

Edited because I misread Cutter's remark (sorry having a bit of headaches/foggyness since second vax)
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Considering how messy and inconsistent OW has been, I'm not sure this is a bad thing.
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He has to be loaded, right? He did seem to be a genuinely good dude who cared about OW and loved the community.
Is is just me or is OW2 just PvE stuff like every event they have already? I didnt see anything really "new" or did I miss a lot of stuff they showcased?

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Kids nowadays call him jeff but to me he will forever be tigole bitties. One of the last of the last of the old vanilla wow crew is gone, but at least furor still works there I think?
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The Half Elf wrote on Apr 20, 2021, 19:14:
Wow..... All hands abandon ship, ALL HANDS ABANDON SHIP!

My thoughts exactly.



In remembrance to Jeff and his amazing mic skills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMDItOwN_SU

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Can't be too many old school guys left at Blizzard these days yea?
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