Blizzard has confirmed the departure of three long-time developers from the company amid cancellations of some unannounced projects. The devs left as the studio was re-allocating resources for the imminent reveal of two major sequels.
As reported by Kotaku, Dustin Browder, former director of Heroes of the Storm and lead designer of StarCraft II, Eric Dodd, former director of Hearthstone, and Jason Chayes, former production director of Hearthstone, all left their positions when a Starcraft first-person shooter and a mobile game were scrapped. Blizzard wanted to channel those teams into the development of the much-anticipated Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, both of which are expected to be announced at this year’s BlizzCon.
In a statement released to Kotaku, a Blizzard spokesperson confirmed the report, saying these creators will always be a part of the publisher’s shared history. “Yes, Eric, Dustin, and Jason made the decision to move on from Blizzard a few months ago. They have been and always will be considered members of the Blizzard family, and we’ve loved working with them over the years,” the spokesperson said. “We wish them the best for the future. That said, we want to make sure it’s clear that development of Blizzard games has always been a collaborative effort between many talented, longstanding teammates here continuing that good work.”
Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/overwatch/veteran-developers