If Blizzard has flags they will surely be at half-mast today as their Chief Creative Officer, Rob Pardo, has left the company after 17 long years. He announced the departure on the official Blizzard forums this afternoon.
Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me.
After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career.
Apart from spending the summer with his family, Pardo stated that he has no immediate plans for the future. Fans that wish to keep up with whatever he decides to do next should follow him on Twitter at @Rob_Pardo.
You can read the entire announcement on the official Blizzard forums.