Over the previous couple of years, Blizzard has been hit with a whole lot of high-profile departures, however at the moment the studio has introduced one of many main names from their previous is climbing again into the saddle. Chris Metzen labored a designer on lots of Blizzard’s most beloved franchises, and is mostly credited as the primary inventive thoughts behind the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo fictional universes. Again in 2016 Metzen retired because the ripe previous age of 42 as a way to concentrate on his household, however he quietly returned to Blizzard as an advisor late final yr. Nicely, it appears he’s now stepping right into a a lot larger function.
Blizzard introduced on X that Metzen would be the new Government Inventive Director of the whole Warcraft franchise, with, after all, a particular concentrate on World of Warcraft.
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) September 26, 2023
“We’re excited to share that Chris Metzen has taken on a full-time function as Government Inventive Director of the Warcraft universe. Proper now, his predominant focus is supporting our World of Warcraft management in crafting the subsequent era of adventures.
Chris was instrumental in growing the foundations of the Warcraft Universe and we’re thrilled for him to re-join our groups in shaping what’s to return. At BlizzCon, he and the workforce might be sharing what we have been engaged on. We hope to see you there!”
Undoubtedly thrilling information for a franchise that has been considerably adrift lately. The World of Warcraft workforce was hit significantly laborious by the revelation of Blizzard’s poisonous work surroundings and the next firings and resignations and the Dragonflight enlargement didn’t actually set the world on hearth. It will likely be fascinating to see what Blizzard means by “the subsequent era of adventures” – do they merely imply extra expansions? Or are they engaged on an even bigger refresh for World or Warcraft, or, dare to dream, a brand new Warcraft RTS or different standalone undertaking? As talked about, we are able to stay up for studying extra at BlizzCon, which is slated for the weekend of November 3.
What do you suppose WoW heads? Excited to have Metzen again in cost? What do you hope to see from Warcraft sooner or later?