The WoW developer leaves Blizzard after 13 years and explains his dissatisfaction with the course of the game.
Chris Kaleiki, a World of Warcraft developer and Blizzard employee, announced that he resigned after working for the company for more than 13 years. A few days ago, Kaleiki uploaded a video to YouTube where she explained the reasons for her decision.
The former WoW developer said he had no ill intentions towards Blizzard and even praised the studio for its talented team. Kaleiki went on to say that he himself was a huge WoW fan before starting work on the game.
The WoW developer leaves Blizzard after 13 years because he is not satisfied with the course of the game.
During his 13 years with Blizzard, his work focused on PvP and class design, with the main goal of creating specifications for various classes in WoW. However, the developer feels that after so many years, it is no longer the same.
“It’s complicated isn’t it?” Kaleiki said and went on to explain that the main reason was that he was “unhappy with the state of the game.” In his opinion, the original values of World of Warcraft were lost in the more modern versions. Additionally, it lists that certain pillars of the game, such as community and player-centric story, are no longer as present as they once were.
Another issue Kaleiki brought up was the lack of guilds in the newer versions of World of Warcraft. According to him, belonging to a guild “creates cohesion” and “community” among players, although he understands that some players prefer to play independently.
For Kaleiki, it comes down to the fact that Blizzard’s vision changed over the years, leaving him and other members of the WoW team wondering which way the game is headed. For his part, the former developer plans to continue creating virtual worlds, although he has not yet given specific details.