As per the official Overwatch site, “Papa Jeff” writes:
Jeff Kaplan has been the face of Overwatch, and has been celebrated for breathing new life into the hero-shooter genre. After Kaplan’s exit, fellow Blizzard vet Aaron Keller will be stepping in as the new game director. Keller is one of the original members of the Overwatch team. He's been working side-by-side with Kaplan for a while, even helping build World of Warcraft. Keller writes:
This may all look good on the surface. But, it leaves fans guessing what happened that would make Kaplan leave. While some speculate that he's been offered a job at a different studio, others are suspecting some kind of foul play.
Revitalised an entire genre of gaming, contributed to the development of and impact of one of the most important games in history in WoW and spearheaded the first game that made me notice esports.— LEGDAY - Lowlights Thursday! (@LEGDAY) April 20, 2021
Thank you, Jeff from the good human, talented creator and Overwatch, team. https://t.co/QEomRYrqTX
PAPA JEFF NO. COME BACK ???? https://t.co/3EoB0lXvwr— Jao Picart (@jaopicksart) April 20, 2021
Good Bye papa Jeff. Overwatch will not be the same without you ????— Zenofy (@ZenofyMedia) April 20, 2021
“Wrestle with Jeff... prepare for death” pic.twitter.com/yLdQz03Gjo
Thanks Jeff! The world is a little bit better because of all the hard work you gave to Blizzard and the Overwatch community.— sado @OWL support aunty (@hoihoisado) April 20, 2021
Congrats to Aaron! Wishing you the best as you step up to lead our diverse community hopefully to a brighter future! pic.twitter.com/RkZCwg7KwX
Until we get any new information, all we can really do is guess. What’s sure is, the pressure is now on for Overwatch 2 to deliver, as its predecessor had been a phenomenal game with Kaplan at the helm.