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    Default Rob Pardo Leaves Blizzard

    Well this is out of the blue.

    http://kotaku.com/rob-pardo-leaves-blizzard-1599843060

    Longtime game designer and Blizzard executive Rob Pardo is leaving the company, he announced today.

    Pardo, who has been at Blizzard for 17 years and has worked on a number of games in the Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft series, said he is leaving to "pursue the next chapter" in his career.

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    Pardo's full message:

    Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me.

    After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career.

    Before I even joined Blizzard, I was already a huge fan of the company and its games. In particular, I was extremely passionate about the emerging genre of real-time strategy games. It was a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to work on StarCraft, which at the time was being created by a very small team by today's standards. It was tremendously fulfilling to get to know everyone on the team personally and to contribute our energies toward a shared goal in such a creative and engaging environment.

    Blizzard Entertainment has been simply the best place in the world to be a game designer. The best aspect of designing games at Blizzard is that the entire company is passionate about the gameplay within each and every product. From the executive team to customer service to our global offices, every single person is a player and contributes to making the best possible games. It's for very good reason that the first credit on every Blizzard game is "Game Design by Blizzard Entertainment."

    I'm really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard's accomplishments. From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon.

    The Blizzard community is ultimately the reason why we come to work every day and pour our souls into every world and experience we create. Blizzard's players are the most passionate in the world and your commitment and dedication are truly awesome to behold. Creating entertainment for you has been an incredible opportunity, and I know that you will continue to grow and become even stronger as a community over the years to come. It has been so meaningful on a personal level to help create joy for all of you.

    I'm looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard. It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.

    As to what I will be doing next, I don't have an answer for you yet . . . but I will "when it's ready." My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what's next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It's like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time.

    In the past, I haven't been the most avid Twitter user, but I'll strive to do better and keep you updated there—@Rob_Pardo. Please stay in touch!

    Rob

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    A real awful feeling. I really thought he was pretty much Blizzard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikoMyCousin View Post
    A real awful feeling. I really thought he was pretty much Blizzard.
    If what you say is true, then his leaving is either really bad, or really good. Considering he's leaving before LotV comes out, probably bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nissa View Post
    If what you say is true, then his leaving is either really bad, or really good. Considering he's leaving before LotV comes out, probably bad.
    Nah, I don't think he's been hands on with Starcraft since Brood War.

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    Default Re: Rob Pardo Leaves Blizzard

    Perhaps he realized Blizzard isn't what it use to be.

    Still, 17 years was quite awhile.

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    Default Re: Rob Pardo Leaves Blizzard

    A glorious second wind or final nail in the coffin?

    Either way, I just don't care.



    Rest In Peace, Old Friend.

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    I believe he left, happy with what he had accomplished as a designer and in fear of what he could become if he stayed.

    Well, my heroes are all leaving to pursue something else. I guess this is just a sign that it's time for a new generation.

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    Makes sense. Why bother being the chief creative officer of Blizzard when all of their recent output show nary a skerrick of creativity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turalyon View Post
    Makes sense. Why bother being the chief creative officer of Blizzard when all of their recent output show nary a skerrick of creativity?
    Nailed it. Blizzard hasn't been innovating for years, and these days seem only capable of churning out WoW expansions or rehashed content of their former glories. Pardo was certainly an instrumental player in the history of Blizzard, but he's probably seeking greener pastures with more creative freedom. At least that's what I hope.

    In any case I wish him the best of luck and thank him for all that he's done for the industry.

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    Default Re: Rob Pardo Leaves Blizzard

    Awful! I like him, he was pretty much Blizzard.

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    Awful! I like him, he was pretty much Blizzard.

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