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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:22PM (Unverified) said

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Cataclysm backlash I'm betting.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:48PM RogueJedi86 said

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It's about 2 years too late for Cataclysm backlash. Mists of Pandaria backlash? Also unlikely because he's working on Titan, not WoW. They'd be more likely to fire a WoW dev over WoW-related backlash. That'd be like EA firing a BioWare employee for the failure of a Dead Space game.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:50PM (Unverified) said

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@RogueJedi86

Hey there buddy, haven't seen you since SWG announced it's closure
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:21PM Utakata said

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@RogueJedi86

If it where about the Cataclysm/PoM backlash, I know which 2 devs I would be going after.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:46PM (Unverified) said

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@RogueJedi86 If there was so much backlash against PoM they'd simply cancel it. They've done it before (Starcraft: Ghost, Warcraft Adventures, Diablo project) and I'm sure they'd do it again.

This guy likely said or wrote something the company felt violated policy. Perhaps he leaked information, said something inappropriate to a co-worker, or threatened to kill someone on staff.

Or perhaps he turned into a graham cracker with a marshmallow on top. We'll never know for sure.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 7:38PM DevilSei said

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Those games WERE not canceled do to backlash. The games were canned because Blizzard was not happy with them, and could not justify continuing to develop the games after repeated scrappings. That was the reason, at the very least, for SC:Ghost being canceled.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 12:16AM Budukahn said

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This ofcourse, being the Blizzard of Christmas Past, that was always careful to release games of the finest quality of calibre, and was not content to let anything subpar out the door.

Alas, nowadays, I think had Ghost or Lord of the Clans been in development, our good friends at ActivisionBlizzard would insist on releasing it at us.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 8:14AM (Unverified) said

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@RogueJedi86

Cataclysm hasn't even been out a year, he would have been involved with the development 3-4 years ago leading up to the release then moved on to Titan.
Blizzard has lost approx. 1 million subs since Cata release. One of the main reasons for people leaving was/is the inexplicably bizarre difficulty curve from leveling/normals to heroic 5 mans and the complete lack of a starter raid like Kara.
There's a reason Blizz is bleating about going back to Wrath difficulty. Even though at the start of Wrath people bitched about how hard it was.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:23PM Alarie said

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Someone will snag him quick if he has that much of a resume. Though he may have to take a paycut compared to what he made at Blizzard. Just my opinion.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:26PM mikejr said

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@Alarie

Exactly what I was thinking, sounds like some sort of level-designing savant.

Guess it depends on what he was let go for.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:26PM electrobix said

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I doubt this would have anything to do with a lack of money coming in or Blizz.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:27PM electrobix said

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For blizz*
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:31PM Lucidus said

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@electrobix Bobby Kotick needed a new yacht. Someone had to go.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:55PM mmogaddict said

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@electrobix I think you're right. He was either a bad boy or caught out doing something he wasn't suppose to. Or Blizzard heard he was getting friendly with the competition and moved early on him.

Anyway I'm sure we'll see him somewhere soon or whenever his non-compete clause runs out.

I'm going to guess at we'll see him heading to Carbine perhalps to join the Wildstar team.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 9:20PM real65rcncom said

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@electrobix

exactly. Not sure why Massively is making it sound like one guy getting fired is equal to 20% firings across other companies with money problems.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:28PM (Unverified) said

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Hmm... mixed emotions. I like Booty bay... I hate Raid Dungeons. Ah well, he's got a good resume, someone will snatch him up to drive their games into the treadmill grinding ground too.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:28PM Madallaw said

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Agree with Electrobix... either he was making an obscene amount of cash... or there was something else going on. A company doesn't just get rid of a "hero" like this without a damn good reason.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:46PM Wild Colors said

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@Madallaw

He was a design hero for WoW.

...we have no idea what's going on with Titan. Given that we still don't have any clue was Titan is, perhaps things are not going well? (though, tbh, even Blizzard would be a fool to compete with WoW)
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 3:48AM bobfish said

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@Wild Colors

He's a Senior Designer, if there are issues with the design or direction of Titan, then there would be plenty of people above him who would go first.

More likely if he has been fired, it is from misconduct or vocally disagreeing with the direction of Titan.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:31PM Naihonn said

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He was against big pink elephants in Titan project I guess. How ugly of him, such a cute animal, right? :0)

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