Apparently Ghostcrawler is moving on and he is leaving Blizzard. He made the announcement this morning on his facebook page.
Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street is/was the Lead Systems Designer at Blizzard Entertainment. He was also known DeathShrimp from Age of Empires, and worked as marine scientist before joining Blizzard 6 years ago.
He was one of the most known figure behind the World of Warcraft game. He has over 70k followers on his twitter account. He was responsible for most of the important announcements about WoW on twitter, forums or in his interviews. We were lucky enough to interview him a few patches ago as well.
Pretty soon we should see an official announcement as well. I know a lot of people “hated” him, but as much as I’m concerned, he will be missed.
As expected, the official announcement is out and we will paste some tweets as well:
The forums announcement:
We just came off of a great BlizzCon. We had so many different games to talk about, and we were thrilled at the reception of Warlords of Draenor. It was great to meet or reconnect with so many of you. I love BlizzCon dearly, which makes it so hard to tell you that this will be my last one, or at least my last one up on stage. An opportunity has come my way, and I have made the very tough decision to move on from Blizzard.
I wanted to thank all of you for being a part of this grand quest. I have said a hundred times that having passionate gamers, including the angry ones, is a far better place to be than having a community that doesn’t care. You all care. Like us, you want the game to be the best that it can be. So I ask you to keep on providing your feedback. I promise (and I rarely promise!) that the developers care very much about what you have to say.
I’ll be out there, and I can’t imagine it will be that hard to find me.
P.S. No, you can’t have a pony. Or a moose. Or a mantis shrimp. Or a tardigrade. Or a crab. Keep trying though.
P.P.S. I play a Holy Priest.
Taken from twitter:
- I am leaving on good terms with all of my friends at Blizzard and I’m still going to be playing WoW.
- The next time someone kicks your butt in DPS, you can wonder… was that GC?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.