In the official forum of World of Warcraft, Lead PvP designer Brian Holinka has announced that he is leaving WoW. A few weeks ago he was apparently offered a chance at Blizzard, which he could not refuse.
“A few weeks ago, I was offered a new opportunity at Blizzard that I’m really excited about,” Holinka wrote. “Tomorrow is my last day working on World of Warcraft.”
His leaving, naturally enough, does not symbolise some kind of decline for the MMO.
“As a longtime player, I couldn’t be more excited about what the future has in store for World of Warcraft,” he continued. “In particular, the PvP team remains hard at work on some incredible plans. I fully expect that the best years of World of Warcraft PvP are ahead of us.”
He didn’t mention the name of project he will be working on but it is rumored that Blizzard is currently working on several new projects like a mobile game in the Warcraft universe or a first-person title – perhaps his change has something to do with these rumors.
To quickly summarize Holinka’s career before today: Five years ago, Blizzard reached out to Holinka and offered him a job. This job entailed a spot on the PvP team, where he would work on things new and old as “Team Lead”. Before this, Holinka worked as a FPS designer, where he worked on popular games like Homefront. He worked with 3 different companies before the offer at Blizzard Entertainment.