The lead hero designer behind Overwatch’s large roster of characters—and those to come back in its upcoming sequel—has left Blizzard, the corporate confirmed to PC Gamer.
Geoff Goodman “made the choice to go away Blizzard earlier this 12 months,” a Blizzard spokesperson stated. The final public look by Goodman was in a gaggle interview (opens in new tab) with press in June.
Blizzard supplied a press release about Goodman’s departure:
“We thank Geoff for his a few years of service at Blizzard and need him all the very best. His means to carry to life Overwatch’s various hero roster by means of gameplay has been unimaginable, and the mark he’s left on the Warcraft and Overwatch groups can be felt for years to come back.”
Goodman’s historical past with Overwatch goes all the way in which again to earlier than it was generally known as Overwatch, when the workforce was nonetheless engaged on undertaking Titan. Titan was cancelled and resurrected (opens in new tab) into the team-based hero shooter that launched in 2016. Exterior of the sport’s former director Jeff Kaplan, who left Blizzard in 2021 (opens in new tab), Goodman was one of many few faces of Overwatch, steadily requested to debate steadiness adjustments and new heroes in interviews and occasions.
Goodman helped design main reworks for Doomfist and Orisa, new heroes Sojourn (opens in new tab) and Junker Queen (opens in new tab), and sure had a hand in a number of of the sport’s upcoming heroes, together with new assist hero Kiriko (opens in new tab).
Though no cause was given for why Goodman’s left, it comes after a sequence of high-profile Blizzard departures within the buildup and aftermath of the lawsuit (opens in new tab) filed by the California Division of Honest Employment and Housing for office harassment and discrimination final 12 months. Overwatch’s government producer Chacko Sonny left the corporate in 2021 (opens in new tab) and producer Tracy Kennedy left final September (opens in new tab).
Talking of the turmoil at Blizzard in a gaggle interview with PC Gamer in April, Goodman stated the workforce made certain everybody was in a “great spot,” and felt “secure,” earlier than returning to work on the sport. “It appears to be everybody’s, , a lot happier now and issues are going ahead. However I feel it is it is nonetheless there and nonetheless lingers. It is positively a morale hit.”
Overwatch 2’s October free-to-play launch is imminent, however some followers of the unique recreation are dismayed by what is going to change within the sequel. The sport lately detailed its seasonal battle go mannequin (opens in new tab) and the way it will lock every new hero behind tier 55 (out of 80) of the free monitor. In a gaggle interview with PC Gamer final week, Overwatch common supervisor Walter Kong stated that “heroes are the only most participating content material that we’ve got within the recreation,” and that “it gave the impression to be a really robust match to place these heroes into our new engagement techniques.”
Overwatch 2 will launch and exchange the unique recreation (opens in new tab) on October 4.