Overwatch 2 is losing lead hero designer Geoff Goodman just weeks before the game launches in October after many big departures.
Blizzard has announced that the lead hero designer for Monitor 2 left the company. The launch of Monitor 2the highly anticipated sequel to Surveillance has been going through a lot lately, with Blizzard itself, ahead of launch. One of the biggest changes to Monitor 2 was recently the departure of Lead Hero Designer Geoff Goodman.
Geoff Goodman was Lead Hero Designer at Blizzard for both Surveillance and Monitor 2 who crafted beloved heroes like D.Va, Tracer, and Mercy, among others.
Blizzard has announced the departure of Monitor 2 Lead Hero Designer just before launch on October 4th. There are no confirmed details as to why he left the company, but a Blizzard spokesperson said he “made the decision to leave earlier this year.” Goodman hasn’t made an official public appearance since June, so it appears the departure was recent. This follows numerous high-profile departures from Blizzard, including former Surveillance director Jeff Kaplan.
Monitor 2 has been no stranger to controversy since its announcement, but it’s part of a bigger issue for the company. In this case, and in many others, it meant losing some key players in Blizzard’s biggest games, Surveillance and Monitor 2 being only two among many others. This could be the result of Goodman simply wanting to leave to move on to better things, but there were no concrete details behind his decision.
The development of Monitor 2 has been an interesting topic among fans recently, with many feeling unhappy about things like locking heroes behind a battle pass between them. Goodman’s departure so close to launch could mean some big changes for future heroes, but it’s unclear how much that will change.
Surveillance has been acclaimed since the original launched in 2016 and fans have flocked to it for its engaging characters and gameplay. It has continued to thrive with the introduction of new heroes and ongoing seasonal events, with some players returning time after time. Monitor 2 has some potential with new hero Kiriko and more for fans to enjoy as the game continues to be updated.
Monitor 2 will be released on October 4 on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
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