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Snowstorm legend Chris Metzen returns to the company after six years


Chris Metzen

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The snowstorm of 2022 is a immense The company is different from the company that so many fans in the 1990s and 2000s, partly because it is now owned by Activision, but mainly because it was a long time ago and most of the creators The game you loved is gone!

Well, except for one. Chris Metzen, a key figure in Blizzard’s rise around that time and who with one wild resume work for studio (he’s an artist, writer, designer, creative director, and even a longtime voice actor on Diablo, craft stars, WarCraft, Oh and guard), just announced that he’s coming back, six years after he left.

As we reported at the timeMetzen has left during a tumultuous time not only for the studio — amid movie cancellations giant and the release guard—but in his personal life, having just become a father and having some serious health problems:

After giantcanceled, Metzen fell into a state guard project. In his words, it was “the last attack on the wall”. He helped boost morale and pushed the game to completion. And it’s a damn great game.

In the process, however, Metzen suffers from constant anxiety. During movies with his wife, he experienced what he later learned to be panic attacks. He felt like his lungs would stop working, but when he consulted doctors, he had no problem. That was in early 2016, and with the upcoming release of World of Warcraft‘S soldiers, guardits animated shorts, Blizzard movies and even the newborn, Metzen was crushed under pressure to do it all.

“I needed a change in my life,” Metzen said.

Blizzard announced his return this morning:

CITIZEN OF AZEROTH,

I am extremely pleased to announce that 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 working on the W Warcraft universe when it started in 1994, and we’re excited to reunite him with the world he helped create.

John Hight

Warcraft General Manager

That job title, “creative advisor,” could mean anything, but the fact that Hight adds “his work will extend to other projects in the ongoing series,” adds. this development” shows it’s just a way for him to get back into the studio more easily before forcing him to do more stuff.

You can, and really should, See the full list of Metzen’s contributions to Blizzard games over the years for a better understanding of why fans are thrilled with this news.

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