Guild Wars 2 Art Director Daniel Dociu is leaving ArenaNet

Yesterday, ArenaNet’s Mike O’Brien announced to forumgoers that longtime studio Art Director Daniel Dociu “will be leaving ArenaNet” and Guild Wars 2.

“Daniel Dociu will be leaving ArenaNet,” O’Brien writes. “Daniel has been defining the art direction for ArenaNet since 2003, before the launch of Guild Wars, and the impact he’s made on the studio and industry will be seen for years to come. It’s been a pleasure to work with him. Daniel, thank you for thirteen wonderful years creating worlds together. We’ll miss you. We look forward to your continued success.”

Taking over for Dociu is his son, Horia Dociu, who has worked on the Guild Wars franchise art team since 2003 himself.

Imagining the Guild Wars franchise without the elder Dociu is impossible to me right now; he has remained my favorite gaming artist for many years. I very much hope we see him pop back up at another MMORPG studio in the future. How about Amazon?

Source: Official forums. Thanks, Tibi and Jesse.
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lottery_in_babylon

I think GW2 is an awful MMO. dreadfully boring content and gameplay with a ridiculously tiresome currency grind. But the art team of GW2 are gods of the industry. Without a doubt, the best animations and art of any MMO i’ve played or viewed. Just wonderfully done. It wasnt enough to keep me from falling asleep in that snozefest however.

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Bob Dobalina

Such a shame. GW2 art direction is spectacular. At least his son is sticking around.

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Bullet Teeth

This guy was my inspiration growing up, and a god to his craft.

The soul has officially left the GW2 universe.

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hurbster

He’ll always be Father Grigori to me.

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Alex Willis

His work is and has been astonishing. Huge respect to him.

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Dug From The Earth

His art influence on the game is the only reason I gave GW2 a second and third look, even when the game play failed me. One of the few games that I actually wanted to explore and see the entirety of the world.

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Bullet Teeth

My sentiments EXACTLY!

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Xijit

Sounds more like retirement than job change.

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Bryan Correll

I for one welcome our new Amazon gaming overlords and would like to remind them that I’ve been a customer from back when they just sold books (mostly.)

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Greaterdivinity

Man…Anet managed to avoid the large-scale departures of senior team members from GW2’s launch, but HoT has not been kind. They’ve lost a lot of senior folks over the past year and a quarter now. Probably heading to Amazon with the rest of the ex-Anet folks, maybe Smeds project.

Sad to see him go, since the art direction has always been fantastic IMO. Hopefully his kid (OH EM GEE NEPOTISM!) can keep up the awesome work.

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Arktouros

Probably one of the few graphics I’ve seen in games I’d consider art rather than simply graphics that are largely functional.

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Denice J. Cook

So….off to Amazon as well, then? ;)

*ducks, and tinfoil hat falls off*

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Utakata

Waits on Mr. Schlag to produce an animate gif with the subject matter of black holes, sucking and Amazon. :(

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Dystopiq

I like his story. He graduated from college and fled the communists in his country and came to America to make a better life. He made a life at ArenaNet and now his son is following in his footsteps. His son’s art is just as good. http://horiadociu.weebly.com/

Offtopic: How the hell do I change my name on my account.

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hugmonster

Re: Offtopic:

With all accounts, you can edit your profile to change your display name; add a nickname, then change your account to display that nickname publicly. (This is not the permanent solution)
http://massivelyop.com/wp-admin/profile.php

(more info here: http://massivelyop.com/commenting/ )

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

If he goes to Amazon, how soon before any other people go there that they start calling the poaching for what it is?

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Paragon Lost

You sound like a CEO for a Silicon Valley company. Who got fined for their unfair work practices against their employees.

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odin valhalla

While I stopped playing GW2 many moons ago, the art in that game was absolutely spectacular. Good luck

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Armsbend

Hmmm if I worked for arenanet I might be a little upset the job went to his son – even if he is talented. That just looks bad.

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Bryan Correll

It looks like nepotism at first glance, but his father’s influence can’t be much of a factor since he’s leaving the company. It’s not like he’s a monarch naming his heir.

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hugmonster

That featured image has been my desktop background for a very long time.
I also absolutely love his concept artwork for Orr as well as the way the areas ended up in the game. Unique and beautiful.

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Sleepy

GW2 is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. Well directed, art person!

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BalsBigBrother

Another future Amazon employee I imagine ;-)

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Paragon Lost

I hope that’s what it is and not for health reasons or something.

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mysecretid

I was actually wondering something similar. Whatever the reason for his exit, I hope it’s works out well.

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