World of Warcraft game director Tom Chilton, who has been with the game since its launch back in 2004, has announced that he's leaving the game to go work on "another project" at Blizzard Entertainment. In his place, World of Warcraft: Legion lead game designer Ion Hazzikostas will be taking over as game director.
"For me, Legion has been more than just another expansion, though-it's the culmination of more than a decade of work with one of the best development teams I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of. And it's with a mix of excitement, sadness, and gratitude that I'm saying farewell to the WoW team and moving on to a new adventure within Blizzard," Chilton wrote in a post on the official World of Warcraft forums.
"As a member of the WoW team, I can assure you that the future for World of Warcraft continues to be bright-and as a player, I'm excited to discover what's in store next alongside all of you. World of Warcraft is the product of the passion of both the team and all of its players, so I'd also like to thank each of you for the wonderful journey that working on the WoW development team has been."
There's no word as to what project Chilton is working on. It's obviously not an existing title, meaning it's likely that he's leading up a completely new, unannounced game at Blizzard. It's unlikely that he's working on a new MMO for the company though, given the ultimate failure of Project Titan, whose assets were repurposed to create Overwatch.
Whatever the project is, we look forward to seeing what Chilton does next.