In huge news that will certainly affect the future of one of the biggest game developers in the world, Chris Metzen, who has been a designer for Blizzard Entertainment since the beginning, and had a significant role in crafting the original three tentpole franchises for the company (WarCraft, StarCraft, and Diablo), has announced that he is retiring from his position after twenty-three years with the company.
The ultimate effect Metzen’s departure will have on Blizzard’s franchises is uncertain, however he did have a huge hand in creating the lore and storylines for their most popular games, especially the long-running megalithic MMO that is World of Warcraft (where his work made him an occasionally polarizing figure in WoW’s online community), and leaves an obvious void that will need to be filled. Metzen also provided the voices for several well-known characters, most notably the orc hero Thrall. So while Blizzard as a company is certainly not in any danger of suddenly ceasing to exist as a result of Metzen’s retirement, thanks to continually strong performers such as Overwatch, Hearthstone, and WoW (which has rebounded in popularity thanks to the latest expansion), there could definitely be changes ahead for some of Blizzard’s flagship properties.
You can read Metzen’s touching farewell message to the company and Blizzard fans here.