Omar Gonzalez No Longer at Activision Blizzard, Joins Dreamhaven
Omar Gonzalez, developer at Activision Blizzard has left the company, joining Mike Morhaime at
. Omar Gonzalez was an integral part of bringing back Classic World of Warcraft, developing the first prototype for the game, which was shown at the Blizzcon 2018
Restoring History: Creating WoW Classic Panel
Omar kills Asmongold during the Classic Beta Stress Test
The news comes from
Kevin Jordan on Twitch
, who was an original Developer at Blizzard for World of Warcraft, focusing on class design between 2003 and 2010.
In this Twitch video clip
, Kevin Jordan explains that Omar Gonzalez has left Activision Blizzard and joined
. Secret Door is one of two studios under Dreamhaven development, which you can read more about in
the announcement of Dreamhaven
Omar Gonzalez was with Activision Blizzard for over 18 years, starting out as a QA Analyst on Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and World of Warcraft in 2003. Omar would go on to be a Server Engineer during World of Warcraft, to Gameplay Engineer, and eventually Technical Lead. Ion Hazzikostas had this to say about Omar Gonazlez in regards to World of Warcraft: Classic,
during an interview with xDlate
"One of them, an engineer named Omar Gonzalez, who is on the Classic team, tried the method of taking the modern client, the modern server and teaching it to interpret the old 1.12 classic data. He kind of locked himself away for a few weeks, and came out with something that was a prototype--it was very rough, contained tons of bugs, the world wasn't fully rendered, but it was the original classic world, pre-Cataclysm. It had the original skills and talents, and we knew there's was a ton of work to do, but we felt like we realized for the first time, "we can do this."
- Ion Hazzikostas
Omar Gonzalez has had a massive impact on World of Warcraft and testing, having multiple NPC, Items, and Spells named after him.
Omar the Test Dragon
Omar's Test Quest bk
Omar's accumulator bunny
High Overlord Omar
, and even
, just to name a few. With Mr. Gonzalez having 18 years of skills involving World of Warcraft testing, development, and engineering...
what could Mike Morhaime's Dreamhaven be cooking up
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