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Warcraft Franchise GM John Hight leaves Blizzard after 12 Years

Christina Gonzalez Posted:
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Blizzard’s John Hight has left the company, saying, “After 12 incredible years at Blizzard, I’ve decided to step away & start a new quest”. 

Hight has been with the company since 2012, having joined World of Warcraft as a senior producer on the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Eventually, he became an executive producer and vice president of the franchise. Most recently, since 2021, he has been Warcraft’s  franchise general manager. 

He held a number of roles at Blizzard, having not only worked on WoW, but other projects at the company like Overwatch and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Announcing his departure on X (Twitter), Hight says that, “It was a tough decision, but I feel like now is as good a time as any: Warcraft is in an amazing position as the universe turns 30”. 

Thanking the community for all of their adventures and dedication, Hight doesn’t announce what’s next, but simply says that “I don’t have any specifics to share quite yet, but I am excited to explore new opportunities and challenges in the industry, and to continue making great games with talented people”. He also promises to still be around in Azeroth, but as just another player this time.

Hight began his career more than 30 years ago and has worked on a number of titles outside of Blizzard too, including the Command & Conquer franchise, Shadow of the Colossus, flOw, and God of War.


Christina Gonzalez

Christina is MMORPG.COM’s News Editor and a contributor since 2011. Always a fan of great community and wondering if the same sort of magic that was her first guild exists anymore.