World of Warcraft’s lead combat designer Brian Holinka has announced that he is leaving Blizzard to join Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street to form a new game studio.
The former World of Warcraft developer made the announcement yesterday on Twitter, announcing that he’s leaving Blizzard on Friday after nearly 11 years working for Team 2. This comes more than two months after Mr. Street, the former executive producer of the upcoming MMO League of Legends, stepped down from Riot Games and the game for personal reasons.
“It’s been almost 11 years and Friday will be my last day at World of Warcraft and Blizzard,” Holinka wrote in his book. twitter thread. “I am looking forward to spending the holidays with my family this summer, after which I will be embarking on a new adventure with my old friend and mentor, Greg Street.”
It’s been almost 11 years and Friday will be my last day at World of Warcraft and Blizzard. I am looking forward to spending the holidays with my family this summer. After that, he will embark on a new adventure with his old friend and mentor, Greg Street.
— Brian Holinka (@holinka) May 30, 2023
He continued, “I will miss the combat team very much and my biggest regret is not seeing them grow, develop and thrive as designers. [Team 2]’s new leadership is very strong and will serve them well. I leave here confident they are in good hands. ”
Holinka joined Blizzard in 2012 as lead PvP designer for World of Warcraft, eight years after working on Battlefield 1942 and other first-person shooters at DICE, Trauma Studios, THQ, High Moon Studios, and Kaos Studios. bottom. In 2017, he stepped away from World of Warcraft to develop his unannounced Blizzard project as Senior Designer and returned to the game as Lead Combat Designer, overseeing the entire class and combat design team.
Neither Street nor Holinka have announced the name of the new independent studio or details about the games it will develop. Still, I can’t wait to see what projects they create.
Cristina Alexander is a freelance writer at IGN. In the words of Calvin Harris, she puts her love for Sonic the Hedgehog on the table like a big deal. Follow her on her Twitter @SonicPrincess15.