Greg Street, the lead systems designer on MMO World of Warcraft, is leaving Blizzard Entertainment for a new, unannounced project.
"I have been at Blizzard Entertainment for almost six years," he said on his Facebook page.
"It has been epic and I have made many friends around the world and I have learned so much. But, I have a great opportunity for something new and exciting, and sadly it is time to move on."
He also took to Twitter to clear up any misunderstandings about his departure.
The internet loves to play detective, but in this case it was a great opportunity and time to move on. I wasn't fired or asked to step down.— Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) November 27, 2013
You'll find out my future plans soon enough. For now, let's let this be about World of Warcraft. Warlords is going to be SAVAGE and EPIC. :)— Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) November 27, 2013
I would not expect many changes to the game as a result of my departure. We always design from a place of consensus and collaboration.— Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) November 27, 2013
Street was known to the World Of Warcraft community as Ghostcrawler. Before joining Blizzard he spent nearly ten years as lead designer at Ensemble Studios working on the Age Of Empires franchise.
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