Blizzard recently launched the sixth expansion for the hit MMO World of Warcraft. Most WoW Legion review will reveal perhaps one final struggle of the Burning Legion and the redemption of Illidan Stormrage and the Illidari.
However, today is a dark time for World of Warcraft fans. Mainstay game director Tom Chilton is finally moving on from the hit MMO. But does this mean a new chapter in the WarCraft games await?
Fans and critics are loving the new hero class, the Demon Hunter to pair with the Death Knight. Players finally have the chance to “become” Illidan Stormrage himself – a hunter of the Burning Legion’s monsters using demonic powers.
All of this has been made possible by Tom Chilton, who guided the game along the way. However, according to a forum post, he is finally moving on from Azeroth.
A tale as old as time
Chilton has been with World of Warcraft since the game’s launch. His years of working on Ultima Online made him a senior game designer for when WoW was still a child. By the launch of Cataclysm in 2010, Chilton became the game director.
12 years later, and with six expansions, Chilton finally steps down from his role. He will hand down his position to Ion Hazzikostas. Hazzikostas entered Blizzard in 2008 as an encounter designer and became the assistant game director.
However, Chilton said his adventures with Blizzard isn’t coming to an end. He simply will be focusing on “another” project in the company.
According to Polygon, Blizzard did not confirm which of these “projects” is Chilton referring to. After all, Blizzard has six giant games, but that does not mean the company cannot make more.
However, it does leave a lot of room for speculation. Blizzard did announce a “sequel” to World of Warcraft called Titan. It was supposed to be another MMO but was canceled in 2014. This is the game that eventually became Overwatch. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime told reporters back then that another MMO was not the “direction” Blizzard wanted to go to.
Either way, Chilton still has a lot of experience in Azeroth – the setting of WarCraft. After all, any WoW Legion review may point out that the IP originally started as real-time strategy games. Does this mean we may see a WarCraft 4 in a few years?