Jeden z prvních najatých zaměstnanců v Blizzardu a v současnosti Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development, Chris Metzen, oznámil svůj odchod 12. září po 22 letech v této společnosti. Podílel se na vývoji značek Starcraft, Warcraft a Diablo. Také byl zapojen do vývoje filmu Warcraft: První střet. Tento člověk rozhodně patřil mezi největší tvůrčí sílu společnosti.
Chris ve svém oznámení uvedl, že se nechystá přejít do jiné společnosti, ale naopak se bude věnovat své rodině. O přesném datu odchodu však nepadlo ani slovo. Vybranou část jeho oznámení si můžete přečíst níže.
Of course when I started, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I had no idea how to make games or build entertainment products.…" řekl Chris ve svém vyjádření.
"My only real training before joining Blizzard was the long-running D&D campaign I had with my closest friends—Sam, Mike P., Daniel, and Mikey C. (you know who you are, boys…HAMRO!). Building ideas—vast worldscapes, characters, and plotlines with my friends was my first great love. I lived for it. It was a safe space amid the tension and change of some rough teenage years. The grand refuge of D&D was a glorious meeting of minds and imaginations where I felt I truly belonged," zmínil na adresu svých zkušeností a praxe před nástupem do Blizzardu.
"The sharing of ideas on the fly, the crazy, unexpected turns other players would take—it stretched our imaginations in ways we’d never have dreamt of on our own. I loved how roleplaying through adventures taught us so much about each other—and, more often than not, ourselves. Imagining together helped us make sense of the crazy world we were growing up in. It made us stronger together."
"For nearly twenty-three years I’ve had the very distinct privilege of shaping worlds and building games with the brightest creative minds in entertainment. I’ve walked with giants (and stood on some giants’ shoulders, too)," ve zkratce, byla to nejlepší část jeho života."
"That’s what Blizzard has been for me. My second family, through all of life’s ups and downs, it’s always been there. The great, geeky backdrop of my life. I don’t just mean “the job” or even the creative mission—but the people. The people who over and over lifted me up, believed in me—and pushed me to find my potential as both an artist and as a leader all these years."
"To my Blizzard brothers and sisters…I wish I had the words.
Everything just sounds…trite.
All I can think of is…
You helped me believe in myself and achieve every one of my wildest dreams.
I am forever grateful to you.
I love you all with everything I’ve got.
"With that said, I’ll try to get down to the point, here. I’ve come to a turn in the road. A new, far quieter chapter in my life looms ahead."
"I am retiring."
"Hangin’ up my guns.
Takin’ the last gryphon out of Stormwind.
You get the picture."
"Crazy, I know."
"It’s a massive change for me, but it’s one I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. It’s ironic given the fact that things have never been better or more energized at Blizzard. Just this year alone has been incredible."
The launch of Overwatch.
The Warcraft feature film," tohle vše Chris v Blizzardu zažil.
"I’ve never been more proud of Blizzard and the quality of its products than I am now. It’s remarkable that even after all these years we can still reach new heights and take the world for an amazing ride. I believe Blizzard’s future is brighter than ever."
"I won’t lie—it’s going to be really hard stepping away from these worlds that I love. But I’m content that I’m leaving them in the hands of the most passionate, talented, and dedicated craftsmen ever assembled."
"Seriously though, I’ll be focusing on the one thing that matters most to me in all the world—my family. They’re the core of my life and the source of my deepest joy and inspiration. In addition to raising our two little ones, we recently welcomed our new baby into the family! Being home with them all, having time and space to really live…to love my wife with all my strength…that’s my career now."
"And I’ve never been happier.
Peace out, y’all.
I love you all.
I’ll see you online.