Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft creator retires at 42

Blizzard Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development Chris Metzen is to retire, according to reports.

Metzen himself later confirmed the reports on the Blizzard Entertainment forum, saying his leaving is due to his wish to spend more time with his wife, children and newborn baby.

Metzen is best known to fans of Blizzard games as the man in charge of each game’s story. He co-created the setting for the hit game Diablo, contributed to the setting and design of Warcraft, and was Lead Designer on StarCraft. He consulted on the recent Warcraft movie, and had a small cameo role.

We join the hordes of gamers in thanking Chris for his work at Blizzard Entertainment, and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

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