The Writer Who Helped Shape Overwatch's Lore is Leaving Blizzard

The Writer Who Helped Shape Overwatch's Lore is Leaving Blizzard

One of the shapers of Overwatch lore is leaving the building.

More Overwatch is in the works, but it'll be without one of its notable writers. Michael Chu, a 20-year veteran of Blizzard Entertainment, is leaving the studio for new ventures.

Chu had been lead writer on Overwatch, working on the game's lore for both the current version of Overwatch and the in-development Overwatch 2. Before Overwatch, Chu worked on the Warcraft and Diablo franchises.

Notably, Chu also penned some of Overwatch's external media, including comics like Reflections, which debuted Tracer's partner Emily, and the short story "Bastet," which highlighted Soldier 76's former relationship with a man named Vincent. Overwatch's external lore has ended up shaping a lot of the story surrounding the action, as it hasn't had many in-game story experiences outside of its occasional seasonal events.

On his personal blog, Chu calls Overwatch a "life-changing" experience. He highlighted the work done to tell stories about places and people traditionally not seen in games.

"Overwatch offered an opportunity to bring a more inclusive vision of Earth to life: a future worth fighting for," Chu wrote. "Together, we worked, struggled, and shed tears to champion a universe that featured people from across the world, to bring to life the wondrous sights of Earth's past, present, and future, and to empower the contributions of creators and voices who would better represent the breadth of human experience."

It's a curious departure, with a more story-focused approach to Overwatch on the way. No release window has been set yet for Overwatch 2, though it has been confirmed as coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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