Overwatch 2 Exec Leaves Blizzard While Game Is ‘In Final Stages’

Overwatch 2’s Executive Producer Decides to Leave Blizzard

Overwatch 2 loses one more of its senior staff, Chacko Sonny—the Executive Producer of Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise. His departure from the company, which he says will happen on Friday, will be the latest in the company’s staff exits since it became involved in a lawsuit with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Activision Blizzard is currently involved in multiple investigations, including one from the SEC, in relation to some sexual harassment allegations. Despite Sonny’s exit from the company, a rep from Blizzard said that the former exec “is leaving Blizzard to take some time off after five years of service.” “The deep, talented Overwatch team is making excellent progress on Overwatch 2,” the rep said. “Thanks to their hard work, the game is in the final stages of production.”

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There was no word from Sonny on why he decided to leave the company, but he told his colleagues via a note that working at Blizzard “has been an absolute privilege and one of the best experiences” of his career. Both Blizzard’s and Sonny’s statements did not contain anything to refer to the turmoil brought about by the lawsuit or the SEC probe.

Overwatch 2’s former Executive Producer had actually joined Blizzard back in 2016 after transferring from God of War creators, Santa Monica Studio. He was the Overwatch franchise’s Production Director for two years, before progressing as its Executive Producer for three years.

Just this April, Blizzard confirmed that Vice President and Game Director Jeff Kaplan also left the company after 19 years of service, passing on the leadership role to Aaron Keller who is an 18-year studio veteran.

Although Overwatch 2 is already in the works, there has not been too many updates regarding its development. Fans of the franchise were glad to know when the devs announced that the Overwatch League Grand Finals finally got an official schedule of September 25 this year. With that said, they are expecting for Blizzard to provide more information about the sequel at the event—which, in turn, the company did promise will happen. “We will be sharing more at the Overwatch League Grand Finals later this month,” the rep confirmed.