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Chris Metzen, who had a hand in designing pretty much all of Blizzard's prominent settings, quit the studio back in 2016. He then started his own tabletop-focused company - Warchief Gaming. But now, according to this quick announcement on World of Warcraft's website, Metzen is back, albeit in an advisory capacity.
Initially, he'll be focusing his efforts on World of Warcraft. But there already seem to be plans to expand this storied franchise. And while the safe bet there is to expect more mobile products, this recent Wired interview with Microsoft's Phil Spencer strongly implies that should their deal come through, we may see some new proper Warcraft titles.
But for now, here's the announcement:
Citizens of Azeroth,
It is with great joy that I announce Chris Metzen has joined the Warcraft Leadership Team as Creative Advisor. Chris’s focus initially will be on World of Warcraft, then his work will expand to other projects across this growing franchise.
Chris was one of the original team members working on the Warcraft universe back when it began in 1994, and we are so happy to be reuniting him with the world he helped create.
General Manager, Warcraft