Michael Chu, a veteran of Blizzard that has worked on properties from Diablo to Overwatch, is moving on after 20 years with the company.
Chu announced his departure late last night, saying he is ready for new projects. “I have new dreams: to continue to tell these stories and build worlds that unite people through games. To help create an inclusive world where more people will want to share stories that reflect their own experiences. I hope it’s something we can build together. That’s the future that I believe in.”
Chu doesn’t mention what he will be doing next but says that Overwatch’s focus on diversity and making players empathise with stories about people who aren’t the same as them has inspired him.
It feels like a strange time to bow out, with Overwatch 2 in development and a lot more space for story than what the current game has. Despite the small available space for narrative, Overwatch has done much and out of game content keeps players who are desperate for those stories occupied. Last year we interviewed Chu and he was ecstatic about a story focus in Overwatch 2.