Odds are, if you play video games, you've probably enjoyed something Chris Metzen helped create. There are few in the industry that have head their hand directly in creating some of the most medium defining titles, and in such an array of ecclectic roles. From artist on Warcraft, co-creator of Diablo and StarCraft, creative director on Warcraft III, as well as having extensive creative hands on in World of Warcraft and helping birth Overwatch, he has done it all. Oh, and he's a pretty accomplished voice actor too, being the voice of Thrall in just about everything.
Well, Metzen has decided to ride off into the sunset after over 20 years of service. He has announced he is retiring from Blizzard and the industry to focus on his family. He confirmed that he isn't leaving to go work for anyone else or work on anything else in a post on the Battle.net forums, saying:
The reason I use the word "retire" is because I'm not going to some other company or starting up new projects or anything remotely like that. It's been a long, amazing stretch of years. Now it's time to slow it down. Rest. Lay around on the couch and get fat. Well, fatter.…
Who can blame him? A legendary innings and I for one wish the dude all the best laying around on the couch. Thanks for the work Chris!