We are planning to take a strong look at CC in Warlords with the intent of dialing things back a little. We do think it's important that players are rewarded for using CC intelligently (by coordinating usage, being mindful of diminishing returns, etc), but we think we can approach things in a way that allows us to tone down CC overall while still providing that gameplay.
Both of us reported to the Game Director, Tom Chilton, Kalgan. Nearly every decision any of us made was by consensus.
GC, you'll still be playing though, right? Also, it turns out all those players saying you played mage were wrong haha.
Yes, I'm not quitting the game. Just no longer designing it.
True. But how many universities and colleges had decent game development/software engineering programs 10-15 years ago?
First, I've been in this business for 16 years. Second, look at game devs you admire. How many have a degree in game design? Likely 0.
None. That is actually my point. What degree are we old farts supposed to have?
Gee, thanks for that. Nothing like insulting people you don't even know.
It wasn't intended as an insult. Degrees in game development are a pretty new thing. I am not.
I have one of those degrees. 4 shipped titles, 2 of which are Skylanders games. It sounds like the stuff I hear all the time.
That's awesome. I actually love Skylanders.
You'll find out my future plans soon enough. For now, let's let this be about World of Warcraft. Warlords is going to be SAVAGE and EPIC.
Any chance you will at least tell us if it is gaming related or not?
I'm not leaving the industry.
I would not expect many changes to the game as a result of my departure. We always design from a place of consensus and collaboration.
I'm just curious did you know about your departure from blizzard pre blizzcon?
Are you going to stick around on Twitter in some form? Hate to see you disappear.
I'll stick around though I'm not sure my insights will be as valuable in the future.
do you think a game design degree is a bad idea?
I wish you all the best... it's a shame Blizzard is losing someone as passionate as you. It won't quite be the same now
I appreciate it, but Blizzard has a ton of passionate folks. I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving if WoW wasn't in good hands.
Greg will you stay with Blizz til WoD releases?
I'm afraid not, but it's in very good hands.
What is the 'feature' you were hoping for. Sans NDA. Thanks for making the best you could.
I can't tell you, because I hope they'll still do it!
Lots of things have been claimed as the imminent death of WoW, but this talk of you leaving is the first I actually believe.
No way. I'm very confident in the direction of Warlords. I'll be playing it with you guys.
A HOLY PRIEST?!?!
True story. Everyone seems to think I was trolling. My mage is like level 86.
good luck on your future travels. But who are the forum QQers going to QQ at now? :P
They'll find another name and still miss the point that Blizzard designs as a collective.
I am leaving on good terms with all of my friends at Blizzard and I'm still going to be playing WoW.
The internet loves to play detective, but in this case it was a great opportunity and time to move on. I wasn't fired or asked to step down.
And leaving certainly has nothing to do with the community. WoW has a great community. We never took you all for granted.
The next time someone kicks your butt in DPS, you can wonder... was that GC?