Blizzard Legend Chris Metzen Returns To Firm After Six Years

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Chris Metzen

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Blizzard in 2022 is a vastly completely different firm to the one so many turned followers of within the Nineties and 2000s, partly as a result of it’s now owned by Activision, however principally as a result of that was a very long time in the past and the general public who made the video games you like have left!

Nicely, apart from one. Chris Metzen, a key determine in Blizzard’s rise throughout that point interval and a person with a wild resume of work for the studio (he’s been an artist, author, designer, artistic director and even long-running voice actor on Diablo, StarCraft, WarCraft, WoW and Overwatch, ), has simply introduced that he’s returning, six years after he departed.

As we reported at the time, Metzen left throughout a tumultuous time not only for the studio—amid the cancellation of Titan and the discharge of Overwatch—however in his private life as effectively, having simply grow to be a father and experiencing some critical well being points:

After Titan’s cancellation, Metzen fell in with the Overwatch venture. It was, in his phrases, “one final cost on the wall.” He helped rally morale and push the sport by to completion. And it’s a god damned wonderful sport.

Within the course of, although, Metzen suffered from nonstop nervousness. Throughout motion pictures along with his spouse, he’d expertise what he’d later study have been panic assaults. He felt like his lungs would cease, however when he consulted medical doctors, nothing was incorrect with him. It was the start of 2016, and with the upcoming launch of World of Warcraft’s Legion, Overwatch, its animated shorts, the Blizzard motion pictures and, additionally, a brand new child, Metzen was crushed beneath the strain to do all of it.

“I would like a change in my life,” Metzen mentioned.

Blizzard introduced his return this morning:


It’s with nice pleasure that I announce CHRIS METZEN has joined the Warcraft Management Crew as Inventive Advisor. Chris’s focus initially will likely be on World of Warcraft, then his work will broaden to different tasks throughout this rising franchise.

Chris was one of many authentic crew members engaged on the W Warcraft universe again when it started in 1994, and we’re so glad to be reuniting him with the world he helped create.

John Hight

Basic Supervisor, Warcraft

That job title, “artistic advisor”, may imply something, however the truth Hight provides “his work will broaden to different tasks throughout this rising franchise” suggests it’s only a method to ease him again into the studio earlier than setting him free on extra stuff.

You possibly can, and actually ought to, check out Metzen’s full list of contributions to Blizzard games over the years for a fuller understanding of why followers are so glad at this information.

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