Diablo Immortal and World of Warcraft lead artist Glenn Rane leaves Blizzard

    
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THE RESTLESS SOULS OF THE DAMNED, I CHOOSE YOU!

Blizzard suffered another high-profile defection this past week, as art lead Glenn Rane departed the studio. Rane joined several of his former Blizzard colleagues (along with some ex-Epic Game Studio ones) at Lightforge Games to be a co-founder and art director.

Lightforge has yet to announce any of its projects, as it’s currently prototyping roleplaying games.

Glenn Rane was a long-term veteran of Blizzard having worked on World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and (most recently) Diablo Immortal. You’ll know his work quite well if you ever picked up a box copy of The Burning Crusade or saw the hero portraits for Hearthstone.

Blizzard’s seen a number of notable departures over the past year, including Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan, World of Warcraft’s Dave Kosak, WoW Classic’s Omar Gonzalez, and Diablo IV’s David Kim.

Source: Wowhead
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CoreChamber

Lightforge Games is heating up!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

As I’ve said elsewhere, time to start looking past Blizzard. If these veterans still have what it takes, and no reason why they don’t, then it’s time to look to their new studios for future good games.

I don’t think it’s cynical to say Blizzard is over; it’s just being realistic.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m awash in cynicism reading these comments.

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Bryan Correll

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KoboldWhite

Don’t worry guys, Bobby is about to recruit 2000 fresh faces to replace these washed out veterans. Do not be alarmed, Honored Investor Sir!

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Armsman

Don’t worry guys, Bobby is about to recruit 2000 fresh faces…

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Which he’ll promptly lay off as soon as the game is completed and launched…

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Jeremy Barnes

He’s just going to layoff 2000 experienced workers when they are hired and give himself a bonus for saving money.

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ashiru_1978

And probably not pay them and then they would realize that having Activison B in their CV is actually a mark of shame than a symbol of pride.

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ashiru_1978

On one side I’m happy, because Activision B deserves this for their shortsightedness, greed and stupidity.

But on the other I am unhappy, because the person is obviously disappointed, lost the feeling of whatever he was doing having any meaning and now has to look for another job to support himself and his family. I hope he finds one where he feels at least a little appreciated and he finds meaning in what he does.

I truly hope Activision B loses everybody of its creators and just leave interns and then shut down in a year or two. It’s because they ruined everything they ever had, now only the memories remain. I can only replay Diablo 2 patch 1.10 and Vanilla WoW 1.12.1 only so much, after a while it becomes painful.

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Bannex

Yikes! Is this why shadowlands looks like absolute shit next to BfA from an art standpoint?

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jealouspirate

The Shadowlands beta started around the same time he left, so no. Most of the art is done by that point.

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Bruno Brito

Probably not. It’s probably art direction because Shadowlands is supposed to be the “literal hell” or some shit. Like, the Maw and everything related to it looks awful.

Being honest with you, I thought Icecrown also looked like shit. The snow maps in War3 are godly beautiful, but Icecrown in WoW? Jesus Christ.

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zoward

Looking forward to seeing what Lightforge is doing with all this talent…

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Really great news for RPG fans.

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jealouspirate

He’s a great artist, will be interesting to see what his company makes. I read an interview with him about it and he said they’re focusing on “highly social & creative mobile RPGs”, so uh… not sure what that means. He talked about Minecraft a lot.

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giggity

Maybe this is why gear virtually all looked the same in the newest Expansion. Raid gear looked like dungeon gear, Dungeon gear looked like questing gear which looked like honor gear. Only Covenants and Conquest gear looked all that different. Even then compared to previous expansions SL very weak in the art department.