Warcraft vet Chris Metzen returns to Blizzard to work on World of Warcraft

Chris Metzen js returns to Blizzard Entertainment to work on World of Warcraft, Warcraft General Manager John Hight announced Thursday. Metzen is one of the leading innovators in the Warcraft series, writing much of the lore and world-building behind the original real-time strategy games. Metzen continues to direct creative projects throughout World of Warcraft until retirement in 2016 as senior vice president of story development and franchising.

Metzen will now act as a creative consultant for World of Warcraft, with future input on other games in the franchise.

In a statement posted on Blizzard’s website, Hight wrote:

I’m extremely excited to announce Chris Metzen has joined the Warcraft Leadership Team as a Creative Advisor. Chris’ initial focus will be on World of Warcraft, then his work will expand to other projects in this burgeoning series.

Chris was one of the original members of the team that worked on the Warcraft universe when it started in 1994, and we’re excited to reunite him with the world he helped create.

Metzen helped develop some of the game’s most iconic races, from the classic Orcs and humans to the (relatively) newer Forsaken and Night Elves. He also serves as the voice of Thrall, the longtime orc warrior and poster man for the Horde. After retiring in 2016, Metzen worked with Mike Gilmartin on a tabletop role-playing setting called Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent.

World of Warcraft has been through ups and downs since Metzen’s departure. The Sylvanas’ plot, carried out throughout Battle for Azeroth and land of darkness, was largely criticized by players for its inconsistent storytelling and mishandling of beloved characters. Warcraft game franchise expands MMO, collectible card game heaterand mobile game coming soon Arclight Rumble.

Blizzard has also experienced significant cultural upheavals, with litigation from former employees and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleged sexual harassment and discrimination at the developer in a lawsuit. Metzen, along with other senior alumni such as Mike Morhaime, apologized in 2021 for “the part I played in a culture that encouraged harassment, inequality and indifference.”

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