Jeff Kaplan

Overwatch tries proactive community management The evolution of a person over a lifetime is, of course, a continuous work in progress. It is one with many speed bumps and much striving to overcome, sometimes in the form of our own worst impulses. Anyone who has ever frequented a game’s forums can speak to that, as we’ve all seen unrestrained ids...

Jeff Kaplan on the Overwatch team’s size and dedication In response to a forum thread asking if Overwatch needed more developers to speed up their response time, Game Director Jeff Kaplan popped in to not only answer the question, but discuss topics ranging from work ethic to harassment.




Yes, you can fight gaming toxicity by being nice to other players In a Developer Update last week, Jeff Kaplan called for the Overwatch player base to be nice to each other. I’m oversimplifying — the update discussed reporting features and their rollout on consoles among other things — but the message was clear enough. Overwatch can’t iterate on new content as fast as they would like because...

Don’t panic, because the Overwatch basketball nerf is a bug If you, like many, are a fan of Overwatch you probably know about basketballs. Basically, several maps start you off in a room with basketballs and a basketball hoop. Many players like to mess around and punch or shoot the basketballs. Some even like to actually shoot the basketballs, not with their various guns, but actually at...

Overwatch developer update details Mercy’s loss of mass resurrect Big changes are coming to Mercy in Overwatch and Game Director Jeff Kaplan has provided a new developer update to explain them in detail. First and foremost, Mercy’s group Resurrection will no longer be her ultimate ability. Instead, it will become a become a single-target basic ability on a 30-second cooldown. An ability called Valkyrie will...

Overwatch Summer Games return with more Lucioball, more skins In the heat of summer, the Overwatch team is encouraging you to stay inside and play some Lucioball: the 2017 Summer Games kick off next week on August 8. Though Jeff Kaplan said he didn’t want to “spoil it all,” he did say there will be a selection of brand new skins including Junkrat, Mercy, Widowmaker,...




Jeff Kaplan and Geoff Goodman answer unsolved mysteries of Overwatch Did you know that there are only two cars in the entire world of Overwatch that have tires? The folks at Ars Technica have a new video that takes a look behind the scenes into Overwatch, why the designers make the choices they do, and why two cars don’t hover. They’re old cars, Brent. All...

Jeff Kaplan explains why you can’t swim in Overwatch With Overwatch’s recent addition of gravity and the Lunar map, a player on the forums asked why there was no water environment or swimming in the game. Jeff Kaplan came in and gave a very in depth answer. Part of it has to do with the fact that water levels just aren’t very interesting. He...



Jeff Kaplan on Overwatch balancing and player perception In a recent post on the Overwatch forums about Tracer and balance issues, Game Director Jeff “Jeff from the Overwatch team” Kaplan had some interesting insights to share about game balance and, more importantly, player perception of it. He made the point that often, it’s not that a character is more or less strong that...

Jeff Kaplan discusses ‘responsibility shift’ technique in dinoflask’s latest parody video Join Jeff Kaplan in celebrating his 15-year anniversary at Blizzard Entertainment with this guffaw-worthy video.

Yes, Virginia, Jeff Kaplan does play Overwatch Does anyone from Blizzard play Overwatch? Do people on the dev team play? Does Game director Jeff Kaplan play? Yes. Yes, he does. In fact, he plays it a lot. In responding to a troll who asked the question on the Overwatch forums — with a lot more question marks than is strictly speaking necessary, I...

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Jeff Kaplan on plans for Mystery Heroes Jeff from the Overwatch Team (also known as Game Director Jeff Kaplan) has heard your concerns over Mystery Heroes and boldly answered.

Kaplan on discouraging bad players from Overwatch participation There are some new policies in the works for Overwatch, addressing players that habitually leave matches. A player on the Overwatch forums noted that some games include red labels over players that indicate those players leave matches, and suggested Overwatch incorporate the same thing. Jeff Kaplan replied, and while he noted they would take that...

“Rate This Match” removed from Overwatch; Jeff Kaplan explains why Jeff Kaplan gave a short, slightly amusing explanation as to why the option to "rate this match" no longer appears at the conclusion of a match.

New Overwatch assault map Horizon Lunar Colony now on PTR Lore hints from earlier this week have paid off — a new Assault map, Horizon Lunar Colony, is coming to Overwatch soon on all platforms, and is now available for play on the PTR. The new map features some great high ground options for snipers, as well as good flanking routes and low ground alternatives....

Jeff Kaplan spills behind the scenes insight on the creation of Overwatch’s heroes Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan recently sat down with the team at IGN to check out some of the history behind the game’s characters. Admittedly, not all of the stories are particularly exciting (Hanzo’s ultimate used to be called the caterpillar because that’s what it looked like before the team finished the final animation), but...