Craig Morrison announces his departure from Blizzard

    
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I'm sure it's a coincidence.

It’s time for the departure of yet another name you might recognize from Blizzard, but you might recognize him from other projects as well. Craig Morrison has announced via Twitter that he is no longer at Blizzard Entertainment, noting that his departure was in the works for some time and took place last week, but announcing it last week would have been the wrong time. Of course, announcing it now is also bad timing, since J. Allen Brack’s departure is dominating headlines this morning. Let’s face it, there’s no good time for anything at Blizzard right now.

No details are included in the Twitter thread about the reasons behind his departure.

Morrison’s name should be familiar to anyone with a vested interest in the MMO space, as he had a tenure with Funcom that included directorial positions for Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, and The Secret World. He’s worked as the Design Manager for World of Warcraft for three expansions (Legion, Warlords of Draenor, and Battle for Azeroth) as well as WoW Classic, and subsequently took on the Principal Designer role for both Shadowlands and The Burning Crusade Classic. We’re certainly curious to see where he’s going next.

Source: Twitter; thanks to David for the tip!
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Yangers

He was a disaster for age of conan.

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H S

No, Age of Conan was in a terrible state when Morrison took over. On his watch many things were fixed/added, like item/stats revamp, AA system, feats /class revamps, combo skipping fixed, new CC system, multi specs etc. Gaute left Morrison a mountain of shit to clean up.

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blahlbinoa .

If he designed WoD BFA and Shadowlands, he needs to stop doing whatever he is doing and learn a new trade.

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SmithsonAndy

This. I felt a bit bad for blizzard for a brief second then I realized almost everyone still there has been responsible for every bad expansion since wrath. If a metoo lawsuit is what it takes to get rid of them so be it. I would like to think they could bring in fresh talent and turn it around but I’m pretty sure that won’t happen. Maybe we get one last death rattle and they release wrath classic but I fear the game that finally killed WoW was WoW itself.

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Zelgadis Greywolf

Can you read? Of course that info is at the bottom of article so can’t expect typical internet user to get there… As you mostly read only 1st paragraph. He was responsible for Legion and Classic. Now tell me those were bad too…

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zerefin

Being someone that’s played Classic + TBC Classic since their respective launch; he can have credit for doing well at Legion. That’s it. Broken clock, I suppose.

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Bryan Correll

announcing it last week would have been the wrong time. Of course, announcing it now is also bad timing

He probably means that he wishes he’d announced it three weeks ago, but that he ain’t gonna wait any longer.

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Utakata

3 weeks ago, last week or now…it’s still all rats abandoning a sinking ship to me.

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Bryan Correll

rats

I’m a hamster, I swear. A……Siberian Hamster….

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Brazen Bondar

Best of luck to Craig. He is a good human and an interesting one as well. I hope he lands well.

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Armsman

He was actually able to get another game development job after the disaster that was the Anarchy Online launch?

Boy the MMO dev business must have been hard up back in the day

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Tizmah

I don’t believe Craig was working on Anarchy Online at launch in 2001…he didn’t join until 2006? I could be wrong though.

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Stefan

What AO lacked in execution was made up for in ideas and creativity, this is a red line in many of Funcom’s games and in all honestly.

I still would prefer the somewhat broken games with unique ideas than bland games with boring concepts.

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Brazen Bondar

Seriously? It’s 20 years since AO launched. You still talking about that? The game developed very well and still has a loyal subscription paying base after all this time. @Silirrion was a very respected member of the Funcom team on AO and the players really appreciated him. On top of that he is a decent human being standing in great contrast to those other bozos at Blizzard.

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Dug From The Earth

AO was the worst mmo launch in history

It did, however, recover, and go on to be a fair moderate game.

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Dagget Burmese

Craig got Game Director for AO after the initial director moved on. I believe he was the one who got the glamour system put into AO, too. He got thrown in as AoC Game Director after that games buggy launch and the initial director left Funcom. I like a lot of the dungeons and systems he got in AoC during his tenure.

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Fisty

I seem to like nothing he designed, so I hope he stays out of my games.

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Danny Smith

So how many is this in the last six months?

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Godnaz

We want Bobby gone!

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Rav3na3l

It’s ironic. It seems like everyone is jumping ship yet the person people want gone is throwing the anchor down and saying “it’s just a hurricane. We’ll get through this storm. Just watch.”

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Board is still behind him, as long as that’s so, nothing will change.

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Stefan

I believe he even has a family member on the board conveniently.

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Tron1LuvCarter

This is what I imagine the boardroom meetings look like

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