On October 26, 2020, another familiar face, Dave Kosack, announced his departure from Blizzard. But what about cult figure Chris Metzen? The Blizzard veteran left the company four years ago to take time off, but has never really been able to let go of the company. Many fans of the Irvine development studio suspected that Metzen would simply return to Blizzard Entertainment at some point when he recovered. When it was announced in September 2020 that ex-Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime had founded the Studio Dreamhaven with many former Blizzard people, it was definitely up to the debate whether Chris Metzen would find a new job there. Let's be honest, it wasn't unlikely.
But it didn't happen that way. Yes, Chris Metzen's job has been re-assigned, but not to one of the game studios that former colleagues have founded in recent years. Instead, he turned his hobby into his profession together with former Blizzard Vice President of Quality Assurance, Mike Gilmartin. The Club Warchief Gaming, privately run by both, was leveled to a tabletop development studio on October 23, 2020. Or no: The club itself will be retained, Metzen and Gilmartin have just given their newly founded company the same name. Check out the video of both of them.
The step of one private club for tabletop fans to their own Development studio felt very natural for Metzen, according to the official announcement. He realized that he had worlds in his head that he wanted to explore based on his own rules. His partnership with Mike Gilmartin would provide a solid foundation for creating something new. As it seems, former people from Blizzard like to gather other former people from Blizzard around them: Chris Metzen and Mike Gilmartin have hired former game designer Ryan Collins – a Hearthstone designer – as lead product developers.
Speaking of which!
A round of games by Warchief Gaming's tabletop fans has recently stood out when Chris Metzen was surprised right in the middle. Have a look at the video from 02:13:00 to understand the context.
Metzen almost activated the "I win" button on his turn. In addition to the fact that already destroyed Imperial units come back to the field, his Tech Priest can climb aboard a dramatically staged Titan. Metzen is audibly enthusiastic ^^ At this point, good luck to Metzen and Gilmartin for their new company.
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