Over the past few years since its release, Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch has expanded from one of the company’s first original IPs in quite some time to the basis of an entire competitive community, and with an impending sequel along the way. While the game itself has taken on a life of its own, one of the series’ core creative team members has announced his departure from Blizzard, leaving Overwatch‘s future in good hands.
On Twitter, Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu detailed in a blog post that he will be leaving Blizzard Entertainment after more than 20 years with the company, saying that his only dream when first starting with Blizzard “was to help make the games I had spent countless hours of my life playing.” Chu explained that working on Overwatch was “a life-changing experience,” but will be moving on to “new adventures” following his time at Blizzard.
Twenty years after first walking through the doors at Blizzard, I’m moving on to new adventures! Overwatch has been an amazing experience and one that I will treasure forever. Thank you to everyone for your support over the years! https://t.co/rG4zPe9SGC
— Michael Chu (@westofhouse) March 11, 2020
As one of the game’s co-writers, Chu played a large role for both the original game and the upcoming Overwatch 2 in establishing the series’ lore and characters, including several of its in-universe comics and side stories. Prior to his work on Overwatch and Overwatch 2, Chu had written for other Blizzard titles such as Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft, with his first credit with Blizzard being as a tester for Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. You can read Chu’s full farewell message to Blizzard here on his personal website.
Overwatch 2 is currently one of the next projects in development from Blizzard Entertainment alongside Diablo 4, with the title formally announced at last year’s BlizzCon. However, no official release date or window has been revealed for the title at this time.