Rob Pardo, chief creative officer and one of the more well-known faces for World of Warcraft's development, has today announced his departure from Blizzard Entertainment.
"After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career," Pardo wrote in a farewell message on the Battle.net forums
Pardo joined Blizzard in 1997 after previously working at Interplay for a short period of time. His resume contains a number of impressive titles including StarCraft, Diablo 3, Warcraft 3 and of course World of Warcraft. Prior to gaining the chief creative officer label, Pardo held the position of executive vice president of game design at Blizzard and also had a hand in the upcoming World of Warcraft feature film. Again, a rather impressive resume.
"I’m really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard’s accomplishments," Pardo said. "From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon."
As for what's next, Pardo noted that he doesn't quite have an answer yet, but will updates fans "when it's ready." In the meantime, he plans to spend the American summer with his family and playing games.