Brian Holinka, Senior PVP Designer for World of Warcraft, announced today that he is leaving the team for other opportunities at Blizzard. He did not say which team he would be joining but with as many new projects Blizzard is currently working on that are under wraps, it’s no surprise. Keep in mind that Tom Chilton left not too long ago to “move down the hall” – which if taken literally means something within the Diablo team (both teams share the same building on Blizzard campus). However, Holinka could be joining whatever Dustin Browder is working on or anything else within the new Allen Adham incubator group. He could even be joining an already existing team like what former Hearthstone Game Director Eric Dodds did when he moved to Overwatch.
Either way we wish Holinka well and are excited to see what he’s working on next.
Five years ago, I received a phone call from Blizzard offering me the chance of a lifetime—a position on the World of Warcraft team.
Simply put, this is my favorite game of all time, and working on it these past five years has been a dream come true. I have learned so much from the women and men who make it and everyone who plays it. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a game that so many people around the world are so passionate about.
A few weeks ago, I was offered a new opportunity at Blizzard that I’m really excited about. Tomorrow is my last day working on World of Warcraft.
As a longtime player, I couldn’t be more excited about what the future has in store for World of Warcraft. In particular, the PvP team remains hard at work on some incredible plans. I fully expect that the best years of World of Warcraft PvP are ahead of us.
Thank you to everyone involved with World of Warcraft, from the development team to the players, for letting me be a part of this game’s community. I consider it a great privilege.