Rob Pardo, Blizzard's chief creative officer, has announced his resignation after 17 years with the company.
Pardo made the announcement in a post on Battle.net today. "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," he wrote.
Pardo served as lead designer on World of Warcraft, its first expansion, The Burning Crusade, Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, The Frozen Throne, and StarCraft: Brood War. He was also involved as a designer with Warcraft 2, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, StarCraft, and the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor
"I’m looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard," he said. "It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.
"As to what I will be doing next, I don’t have an answer for you yet... but I will “when it’s ready.” My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what’s next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It’s like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time."