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News video games 14 February 2024, 03:36

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Condemned WoW's Narrative Director Leaves Blizzard

Steve Danuser has confirmed that he is no longer the narrative director of World of Warcraft, which by no means upset most Azeroth fans.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment / Microsoft.

World of Warcraft's narrative director is another person to leave Blizzard Entertainment. Steve Danuser confirmed this information in an interview with PC Gamer, and last week fans noticed a mention of his departure from the company on LinkedIn (via Reddit ).

Danuser certainly didn't leave Blizzard as part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced in January. His departure took place in November last year and - as he himself claims - there's nothing to it, hence the lack of an official statement from him or Blizzard.

The former narrative director of WoW only mentioned that his decision was influenced, on the one hand, by the "return to offices" policy, curbing remote work at Blizzard Entertainment (Danuser lives outside California, where the studio is located), and, on the other hand, by the desire to part with Warcraft and pursue other goals.

He revealed nothing about his future plans, however. He only mentioned that the year 2024 is supposed to be "exciting" for him. He also added that he's proud of what he achieved with the addition of Dragonflight.

The players are definitely not mourning Danuser's departure. Many fans blamed him for what they considered subpar narrative in recent additions to WoW. Rare voices suggested that the narrative director was just a scapegoat and his potential departure wouldn't improve the game's plot.

Even some of Danuser's critics agree with them, although other Internet users have long hoped that World of Warcraft will only gain from his departure. Nevertheless, many people have doubts about this. Especially after the recent report about the dismissal of other people responsible for the narrative and background plot, including the so-called historians.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).