Overwatch 2’s lead character designer has left the company

Geoff Goodman, one of the lead developers behind Beloved look over characters such as 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 press. PC Gamer first the news reported on Tuesday.

As a lead game designer at Blizzard Entertainment, Goodman was responsible for creating and balancing the playable heroes in the team-based multiplayer shooter look over and its sequel. Before starting work look overGoodman worked as an encounter designer World of Warcraftwhere he designed boss battles.

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

We thank Geoff for his many years of service at 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 bump in the release of Overwatch 2. look over game director Jeff Kaplan left the company in 2021, marking a notable departure in leadership for the team. And now the news of Goodman’s departure comes just weeks before the scheduled release of Overwatch 2 on Oct. 4. The playable heroes he brought to life have long driven interest in the stylized shooter and are a central aspect of gameplay look over. Most recently, the developers announced the game’s next new hero: Kiriko, a ninja who will help you feel super cool while healing.

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

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