Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu quits Blizzard

Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu quits Blizzard

Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu is leaving Blizzard Entertainment. Chu announced his departure on Wednesday after 20 years at the studio.

Chu was a major contributor to Overwatch’s lore and ongoing story outside of the game. His writing credits at Blizzard include Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and the in-development Overwatch 2. Chu penned origin stories for many of Overwatch’s characters and fleshed out the universe through comics and short fiction pieces. He was a prominent team member at events like BlizzCon, where Chu appeared on panels related to Overwatch’s story and development.

Two of Chu’s stories, the Ana short fiction piece “Bastet” and Tracer comic “Reflections,” received a great amount of attention for revealing Soldier: 76 and Tracer’s respective sexual identities.

Michael Chu
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Overwatch has been a life-changing experience,” Chu wrote on his personal website. “I have always felt that games and the stories they tell have the unique ability to bring people closer together, and that the empathy you feel from stepping into someone else’s shoes, even virtually, can bridge the gap between miles, cultures, and nations. Overwatch and its consistently generous and inspiring community have only reinforced that belief. I’ve heard stories of people learning a new language after hearing a line of dialogue, people feeling inspired to take a trip to a new place after ‘visiting’ it in-game, and people meeting teammates across languages and borders to take up the cause of making our world a better place. But most of all: again and again, of people empathizing with a story about someone who is not the same as them.”

Blizzard is currently developing Overwatch 2, which will feature a story-driven campaign in addition to the first game’s multiplayer. Overwatch 2 does not yet have a release date.

Polygon has reached out to Blizzard for comment and will update when the company responds.