Former Overwatch Lead Writer Working on 'Multiplayer Character-Action' Game at 2K

Michael Chu's next project sounds an awful lot like Overwatch.
Michael Chu's next project sounds an awful lot like Overwatch. | Dave Pedley/Getty Images

Michael Chu, the ex-lead writer for Overwatch, is apparently working on a "multiplayer character-action game" for 2K Games' studio 31st Union.

Although the game's name remains under wraps, job listings for 31st Union indicate the game will be a multi-platform triple A title being developed with Unreal Engine 4. 31st Union is seeking employees to build a "rich and stunning world filled with diverse characters and large-scale high population 3D environments," per games industry analyst MauroNL.

The listings describe the characters as "diverse and innovative," and says they'll "be loved by players for years to come." Applicants will help "texture weapons, vehicles, and mechanical objects of all kinds," in addition to "cutscenes and other cinematics," featuring "emotionally compelling and technically sophisticated audio."

Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey founded 31st Union in 2019. Chu joined the team in July 2020, a few months after departing Blizzard's Overwatch team. The studio's staff includes several former Sledgehammer and Visceral Games developers. It has yet to publicly announce a project.