Chief Creative Officer, Rob Pardo is leaving Blizzard after 17 years according to his post on the World of Warcraft forums.
“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 said.
Pardo did not explain his reasons for leaving and did not share his future plans.
“As to what I will be doing next, I don’t have an answer for you yet… but I will ‘when it’s ready,'” Pardo said. “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.”