According to Jeff Kaplan, the director of Blizzard’s Overwatch, the team has discussed the possibility of one of the game’s playable heroes being permanently killed off in Overwatch lore.

During an interview with Kotaku, Kaplan explained that “we get in arguments about this all the time on the team. Can we kill a character? If we kill a character, who would it be?” 

Bear in mind that he has not officially confirmed that one of the game’s characters will die, but rather, made it clear that it is something that Blizzard has, in fact, considered. He also stated that, while it is on the table, it’s not likely that an Overwatch hero will be killed of anytime soon.

“It wouldn’t mean a lot if we killed off a character at this point because you didn’t know a lot about them. In order for these deaths to have any impact on players, their stories need to be expanded on more. And it has to be an earned moment, not just something we’re doing to pull at people’s heartstrings.”

In addition, Kaplan was sure to clarify that, even if a character in Overwatch lore is killed off at some point, that does not mean they will no-longer be playable in-game. He asserted that the team “will not remove a hero from the roster.”

Overwatch is currently available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.


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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.