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World of Warcraft: Rob Pardo Leaves Blizzard

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe CitadelMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 21,471 Epic

Blizzard is down one Chief Creative Officer with the announcement that seventeen year veteran, Rob Pardo, is leaving the company. Pardo did not cite reasons for his departure, only that he will spend the summer enjoying time with his family.

"As to what I will be doing next, I don't have an answer for you yet... but I will 'when it's ready,'" Pardo said. "My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what's next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It's like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time."

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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  • SukiyakiSukiyaki Member Posts: 1,443 Uncommon
    Another one jumping the boat. Maybe he will end up at Riot too.
     
    "Hey I ignored all the fun content and played this game like a hamster because it was possible just spending long enough time in the wheel. Why are games so boring X-clones these days and can't be more like X? Im going back to grind repeatable tasks in X and hone my skills with some dice roles, waiting 14 months for the next paid content patch."
  • abahnurabahnur Seattle, WAMember Posts: 56 Uncommon
    I always wanted wow to finally die....but ...then again what would everyone hate? (besides I'm re subbing in like 2 days.)
  • PsYcHoGBRPsYcHoGBR UKMember Posts: 300 Uncommon
    Chillin is good for the soul. After 17 years good on you.
  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News Manager The CitadelMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 21,471 Epic
    Originally posted by psychobgr
    Chillin is good for the soul. After 17 years good on you.

    I agree. There are a thousand reasons someone leaves a company: General fatigue with the job, (God forbid) family illness, wanting to do something else, accomplished everything desired. It doesn't have to be abandonment of the company.


  • ZwuckeLZwuckeL KielMember Posts: 3
    Originally posted by abahnur
    I always wanted wow to finally die....but ...then again what would everyone hate? (besides I'm re subbing in like 2 days.)

    I highly doubt any current MMO will have even 10k players the day WoW dies.

    WoW is here to stay. Games like ESO or Wildstar aren't

  • TyggsTyggs Colorado Springs, COMember Posts: 413 Uncommon
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  • coretex666coretex666 PragueMember Posts: 2,576 Rare
    Originally posted by SBFord
    Originally posted by psychobgr
    Chillin is good for the soul. After 17 years good on you.

    I agree. There are a thousand reasons someone leaves a company: General fatigue with the job, (God forbid) family illness, wanting to do something else, accomplished everything desired. It doesn't have to be abandonment of the company.

    Or getting laid off...

  • AsamofAsamof La Canada, CAMember Posts: 782 Uncommon

    riot takes another

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCMember Posts: 4,818
    Being creative for 17 years is about 17 years longer than most people ever put in.
  • GravargGravarg Harker Heights, TXMember Posts: 3,400 Uncommon

    It's time for a break after 17 years.  It's hard stressful work working on games.

     

    Just want to say, 17 months is a long time to work with a game company, forget 17 years.  Everyone is gonna hate on Blizz as usual, but all the haters just don't get how the gaming industry works.  They all think you work for a company for all your life...that just doesn't happen with gaming companies.

     
  • cerebrixcerebrix Orange, CAMember Posts: 566

    this opens the door for some of blizzards up incoming talent like craig amai to have promotion opportunities.

     

    craig's designed some of the funnest quests you probably played in MOP.

     

    this is good news, will help keep blizzard fresh and help them keep newer talent they acquired.

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  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko JohannesburgMember Posts: 5,738 Epic

    It must be a sign !

     

    The End is Near !!

     

    Er... who exactly is this Rob Pardo dude ?

     

    /joke

  • Aru10Aru10 CerviaMember Posts: 2
    Originally posted by DamonVile
    Being creative for 17 years is about 17 years longer than most people ever put in.

    perfectly put

  • BeardyguyBeardyguy St Johns, NFMember Posts: 18

    I really doubt it's Riot, but you never know. 

     

    Either way, this is a bigger loss than GC was. 

  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid GinnungagapMember Posts: 8,047 Rare
    Originally posted by Asamof
    riot takes another

    source?

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  • BetaguyBetaguy Halifax, NSMember Posts: 2,588 Uncommon
    I wish him all the best and hopes of bigger things to come.

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  • expressoexpresso meMember Posts: 2,218 Uncommon
    as long as it's not Metzen.
  • QubedQubed Vernon, BCMember Posts: 1
    He will be missed.
  • Mors.MagneMors.Magne LondonMember Posts: 1,536 Uncommon

    At the moment, it looks as if the best MMORPG's have a golden era that lasts about 5 years, followed by a period of decline that starts to bite at 7 to 10 years.

     

    This is probably due to the initial geniuses leaving.

     

    I would love to be proved wrong by Blizzard. I would like to see them hire a leader who can rejuvenate WoW, but my guess is that big publishing companies are no longer capable of taking the risk of trying brave new things.

  • rodingorodingo Member Posts: 2,692 Uncommon
    Something tells me he sees the potential money in some type of kickstarter campaign for a new game.

    "If I offended you, you needed it" -Corey Taylor

  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAMember Posts: 1,795 Uncommon

    maybe he just wants to be able to spend more time playing TITAN...oh wait

     

  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaMember Posts: 11,161 Rare

    It sounds to me like someone has been talking behind Blizzard's back to another firm about a new adventure.Most likely under contract it would be illegal unless he says he is retiring.Then magically a few months later we are going to hear about some new kick start company.

    I think the reason we have seen so many leave the company a VERY successful one is because they see how easy it is to put out an average effort and make tons of money from it.

    Never forget 3 mile Island and never trust a government official or company spokesman.

  • nubachunubachu Cypress, TXMember Posts: 1
    RIP Blizzard.
  • fearufearu Your mom's pantiesMember Posts: 183 Uncommon

    One (admitedly important) dude leaves Blizzard.

     

    MMORPG.com fourms: OMG WOW IS DIEING etc

  • herculeshercules lancashire,blackpoolMember Posts: 4,873 Uncommon

    tbh any job for 17 years can burn you out and you need time out.

    wish him well ,he is not just a game designer ,he is a gamer at heart too(remember legacy of steel everquest- he was the guildmaster).

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