Geoff Goodman is one of the lead developers behind the lover Overwatch Characters like Tracer, Mercy, and D. Va are no longer working for Activision Blizzard. Goodman “made the decision to leave Blizzard earlier this year,” a Blizzard spokesperson said in a press release. PC Gamer first He informed about this on Tuesday.

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

Here’s Activision Blizzard’s full statement on its release to PC Gamer:

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

Another speed bump in the news release Overwatch 2. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan He left the company in 2021, marking a notable departure in leadership for the team. Now, news of Goodman’s departure comes just weeks before his scheduled release Overwatch 2 on October 4. The playable heroes he helped bring to life have long fueled interest in the stylized shooter and are a central aspect of the game. Overwatch. 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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