Jeffrey Kaplan, Lead Game Designer responsible for World Design in Blizzards’ popular MMO World of WarCraft just announced that he is moving away from development within World of Warcraft to be able to work full-time on Blizzard’s new, unannounced MMO. He said “I wanted to take a moment to let the community know that I?ve switched roles here at Blizzard to work on our upcoming, unannounced MMO. World of Warcraft has been such a central part of my life these past six and a half years, and it?s success would not have been possible without the tremendous community around it, so I wanted to say thank you to all our players who?ve shared this amazing experience with us so far.”
He pointed out that the game would not have been where it is today without its very strong team, and that they will continue to make World of WarCraft even better. Working on the team has been an honour for Mr Kaplan and he will still be involved with the future of WoW. New leaders of operation will be Tom Chilton and J. Allen Brack, both senior Game Designers within World of WarCraft.
Jeff continued by thanking the community of World of WarCraft and saying: “so thank you to everyone who has been so supportive over the years, and likewise, thanks to those who have given us pointed feedback on all areas of the game. Without all of the feedback and participation, WoW would not be the game that it has grown to be. Azeroth truly belongs to you and we?re lucky to have shared in your journey. And as always, I?ll still be lurking on the forums and in the game. Mostly, I just wanted to say thanks. It has been an absolute honor.”
Since Blizzard did not even officially acknowledge that they even had an unannounced MMO until relatively recently, this could mean that they are stepping up development on the project, and could possibly be showcasing an early version of the game at one of their anticipated events for 2009: Worldwide Invitational or BlizzCon.