Frank Pearce, one of Blizzard Entertainment's three founding members, announced that he intends to abandon the game-making company on Friday with immediate effect
Pearce's announcement was made via a blog entry on Friday on Blizzard's official website, which was accompanied by a note from Blizzard's current president, J. Allen Brack. The combined blog post shows that Pearce "took on an advisory role in the transition last year," suggesting that his departure is still approaching. It is unclear whether this phase of the advisory change started shortly before the departure of another co-founder of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime, in October 201
Pearce's resignation as chief development officer leaves only one of Blizzard Entertainment's original co-founders behind Allen Adham at the wheel. Adham returned to Blizzard in 2016 after a ten-year break in game development to become the company's senior vice president. Adham, Pearce and Morhaime founded the company in 1991, which was first called Silicon & Synapse. Their first video game under the S & S label was RPM Racing for the SNES.
Anyway, the Friday news is in the middle of a break for the beloved PC game maker. Morhaime's resignation as President came shortly before a massive layoff, a change in CFO position, a reorientation of the company's existing IP (instead of new game series), a StarCraft cancellation, and a 2019 announcement by the developer zero "big" games. Many of these reports contained rumors about the growing presence of Activision at Blizzard.
Also, the news comes in nicely after the fans' very, very cool reaction to Diablo Immortal the first official smartphone entry in the series, at the Blizzcon 2018. If we see any hint of this game in 2019, let alone the elongated Diablo 4 remains to be seen. (Maybe at the Blizzcon 2019?)
"[Blizzard’s] Efforts have always been guided by well intentioned intentions," Pearce wrote on Friday. "We've made games we wanted to play, believing that like-minded people want to play these games as well, today we characterize them more with the ambitious vision of bringing the world together through epic entertainment, I'm so proud of the opportunity, of life The letter describes a retirement-like transition to hobbies such as exploring nature and learning a musical instrument. His statement on the existence of the throne is based on the conviction that the company's remaining leadership "really understand [s] which is fundamentally most important to Blizzard and our community."