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Chris Kaleiki has left Blizazrd, after working there for 13 years, having developed Monks back in MoP and most recently worked on the very successful Shadow Priest revamp. He's made a video in which he discusses his reasons for leaving, and it's a pretty interesting one, going into many of the things players feel are off about modern WoW.

He talks about the differences between retail and Classic WoW most of all, as Classic made him realize the things that were wrong/off about retail. From the focus on progression instead of "core" systems (like guilds), the loss of the social aspect (which Mike Morhaime also talked about after leaving) due to a bigger solo player focus, the storytelling changes and more. It's well worth a watch:

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a guy quits his job after 13 years cause in such a long time surpresingly his and the companys views drifftet apart from another this happens and it dont mean wow is dead or going to die just cause him and others are leaving if this was true young people coming into the industry must have a hard time waiting for older devs to die

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2 hours ago, Reno2171 said:

He left 'cause he doesn't like how the co. was heading.

Let's hope integrity pays his rent.

Implying he didn't already have a job lined up/wouldn't easily get one with 13 years experience. Congrats on making the dumbest post I've ever read in my entire life.

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He is entitled to his opinion and players are entitled to our own. I've played WOW on and off for 15 years. I've watched it change. I used to be in the hardcore raiding guilds and I loved it. Then it became a living HELL and you were judged and ignored if you didn't hit the max DPS. You didn't play for fun - it became a job. I don't miss that.

Is the game perfect? No. I LOVE to play alone. I LOVE playing all 12 classes. I LOVE doing quests, farming, pet collecting, mount collecting, etc...I am not a hardcore raider and I will never go back.

Edit: Not everyone likes PVP. Not everyone implements War Mode.  He sounds like he JUST wanted to focus on PVP. Maybe he should go develop his own PVP virtual world. My family does NOT PVP and none of us ever will.

I know there needs to be a balance. I have faith in the game and I think fresh blood will help.

Good luck to him. That is MY opinion as a 15 year WOW player.

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2 hours ago, Wildwitch said:

He is entitled to his opinion and players are entitled to our own. I've played WOW on and off for 15 years. I've watched it change. I used to be in the hardcore raiding guilds and I loved it. Then it became a living HELL and you were judged and ignored if you didn't hit the max DPS. You didn't play for fun - it became a job. I don't miss that.

Is the game perfect? No. I LOVE to play alone. I LOVE playing all 12 classes. I LOVE doing quests, farming, pet collecting, mount collecting, etc...I am not a hardcore raider and I will never go back.

Edit: Not everyone likes PVP. Not everyone implements War Mode.  He sounds like he JUST wanted to focus on PVP. Maybe he should go develop his own PVP virtual world. My family does NOT PVP and none of us ever will.

I know there needs to be a balance. I have faith in the game and I think fresh blood will help.

Good luck to him. That is MY opinion as a 15 year WOW player.

110% agree with ya.  this and $20 will get you coffee in most places in the world.

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9 hours ago, Wildwitch said:

Edit: Not everyone likes PVP. Not everyone implements War Mode.  He sounds like he JUST wanted to focus on PVP. Maybe he should go develop his own PVP virtual world. My family does NOT PVP and none of us ever will.

yeah he sounds like he want to turn wow into a game that is all about pvp i think he is one of the guys that misses the old time of fing up pve guys on open world

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...no, you really do have to give people specific tasks when trying to build a ship. A few lines of bad poetry doesn't get the job done.

Man works at company for 13 years, leaves because it's not the company he joined. Misses that it not being the company he joined is probably why he had a job there 13 years later.

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To be quite honest I'm not surprised hope he finds enjoyment in his new job.  But I can agree that Blizzard does focus way too hard on other things instead of core systems like Guilds and the lack of proper story telling where as npc's are far more important than the player's journey. 

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