Overwatch has proven itself to be a popular FPS among the community for many years now, and the departure of Overwatch 2 Lead Hero Designer is quite heartbreaking, considering Geoff Goodman’s dedicated work to the game. He was responsible for leading the team behind the design of the characters featured throughout the games and those that have been teased for the sequel. Blizzard has confirmed his leaving the studio to PC gamer.
Blizzard had the following to say about Goodman’s exit, “We thank Geoff for his many years of service at Blizzard and wish him all the best. His ability to bring to life Overwatch’s diverse hero roster through gameplay has been incredible, and the mark he’s left on the Warcraft and Overwatch teams will be felt for years to come.”
Goodman has long been a committed employee at Blizzard, dating back to the origins of Overwatch in 2016, and was always regarded as an influential face for the game. Fans might remember him from his multiple interviews, introducing balance changes and new heroes, with his final appearance being a group interview with the media back in June.
While there is currently no reason given for Goodman’s departure, there have been multiple instances of distinguished figures at Blizzard leaving the studio recently. Tracy Kennedy and Chacko Sonny are prime examples of important contributors to the game that have since exited the studio. This could perhaps be due to the lawsuit that Activision Blizzard faces filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for workplace harassment and discrimination last year.
Goodman has previously commented on these complications in an interview with PC Gamer and has stated that the team ensured everyone felt comfortable and safe. However, this departure has led to some fans being worried about how this will affect the sequel, which is due to drop very soon, and if Blizzard’s remaining team plan on staying for the future to support the game. We hope the game’s future is in good hands.