MMO industry veteran Bill Roper has departed SpatialOS company Improbable

    
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If you’ve been around in MMOs a while, you surely know Bill Roper and his pedigree. He’s a former Blizzard developer who went on to helm Flagship’s Hellgate: London and Cryptic’s Champions Online before heading off to Disney Interactive. In 2017, he joined up with SpatialOS company Improbable, about which he gave us two really detailed interviews at E3 and GDC last year.

But now, Roper’s departing his role as chief creative officer of Improbable too. As VentureBeat reports, it’s not about bad blood – it’s that Roper wants to go back to actually making games instead of being “two steps removed from making something.”

“I’m always happiest when I am actually designing. The moments of greatest joy recently are when I am actively advising studios,” he told VB. “The opportunity to actually make a great game is something I have been missing and craving.”

He’ll now be heading to AuthorDigital to team up with Jason and Serena Robar building RPGs, and if those names sound familiar to our MMO-centric audience, it might be because they were the power couple behind the The Amazing Society and the positively adorable Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (incidentally the first big story I ever landed).

Worth a note here is that Roper says the recent Improbable spat with Unity had nothing to do with his move.

Source: VentureBeat
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Neurotic

MSHSO –still my all-time favourite superhero MMO after CoH. That game was incredible.

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Armsman

Let’s see over the last decade he’s been the lead for two failed games “Hellgate London” and “Champions Online” – yes sir, a winning resume. You know, sometimes it’s better just to fade gracefully…

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Alyn

We need more fine folks like Bill Roper. I wish him the best. Go and put together a top-notch team, Bill. Go forth and take the next next decade and prove that mmo’s are still viable!

“No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods.” Socrates

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Blake

He’s an industry icon for sure, but I’ll never be able to get over the whole two lifetime subs to Hellgate that I foolishly purchased for my wife and myself. Sigh.

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Connor

Thankfully Roper isn’t leaving the company bankrupt, in a horrible financial situation, or shuttered this time around so presumably he didn’t do too much damage while he was there.

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ZenJitzu

He seems like a good guy from what I’ve read, and this comes from someone who got Flagshipped and unfortunately, had gotten half a dozen friends into Hellgate as well. Hope he finds his joy.

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Armsbend

Cool, I hope he makes something neat-o. I’ve been playing Wasteland 2 for the first time recently and have been reading into Brian Fargo’s biography. This sounds like his – guy just has to make games. I really respect that.

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Jeremy Barnes

even if he makes another hellgate or champions online?