Overwatch 2's lead character designer has left the company

Overwatch 2’s lead character designer has left the company

Geoff Goodman, one of the main developers behind the boyfriend Overwatch characters like Tracer, Mercy, and D. Va no longer work at Activision Blizzard. Goodman “made the decision to leave Blizzard earlier this year,” a Blizzard spokesperson told the press. PC Gamer first reported the news on Tuesday.

As lead game designer at Blizzard Entertainment, Goodman was responsible for creating and balancing the playable heroes in the team-based multiplayer shooter. Overwatch and its continuation. Before starting work on OverwatchGoodman worked as a meeting designer World of Warcraftwhere he designed boss battles.

Here’s the full statement Activision Blizzard issued to PC Gamer on his departure:

We thank Geoff for his many years of service to Blizzard and wish him all the best. His ability to bring Overwatch’s diverse roster of heroes to life through gameplay was incredible, and the mark he left on the Warcraft and Overwatch teams will be felt for years to come.

The news in another speed in its release Overwatch 2. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan left the company in 2021, marking a notable departure in the leadership of the team. And now news of Goodman’s departure comes just weeks before his scheduled release Overwatch 2 on October 4. The heroes he helped bring to life have long held interest in the stylized shooter and are a central aspect of the game Overwatch. Most recently, the developers announced the next new hero of the game: Kiriko, a ninja who will help you feel super cool while you heal.

Polygon has reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment and will update the article as we hear back.

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