Chris Metzen speaks on stage at BlizzCon 2016

Chris Metzen speaks on stage at BlizzCon 2016

Chris Metzen js returning to Blizzard Entertainment to work on World of Warcraft, Warcraft basic supervisor John Hight introduced Thursday. Metzen was one of many lead creatives on the Warcraft franchise, penning a lot of the lore and world-building behind the unique real-time technique video games. Metzen continued to helm inventive initiatives all through World of Warcraft till his retirement in 2016 as senior vice chairman for story and franchise improvement.

Now, Metzen will function a inventive advisor on World of Warcraft, with future enter on different video games within the franchise.

In a press release posted to Blizzard’s web site, Hight wrote:

It is with nice pleasure that I announce Chris Metzen has joined the Warcraft Leadership Team as Creative Advisor. Chris’s focus initially might be on World of Warcraft, then his work will broaden to different initiatives throughout this rising franchise.

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

Metzen has helped develop a number of of the game’s most iconic races, from the traditional orcs and people to the (comparatively) newer Forsaken and Night Elves. He additionally serves because the voice for Thrall, long-time orc warchief and poster boy for the Horde. After retiring in 2016, Metzen labored with Mike Gilmartin on a tabletop role-play setting known as Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent.

World of Warcraft has skilled ups and downs since Metzen’s departure. The Sylvanas storyline, which carried by way of Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands, was largely panned by the participant base due to narrative inconsistency and mishandling of beloved characters. The Warcraft game franchise spans the MMO, collectible card game Hearthstone, and the upcoming cell game Arclight Rumble.

Blizzard has additionally skilled vital cultural upheaval, with lawsuits from former workers and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging sexual harassment and discrimination on the developer in a lawsuit. Metzen, alongside with different senior alums like Mike Morhaime, apologized in 2021 for “the part I played in a culture that fostered harassment, inequality, and indifference.”

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