World of Warcraft is now left in the day-to-day hands of Jeffery Kaplan's "partners in crime" as he leads development on Blizzard's unannounced MMO.
Kaplan will still help "the future course" of WoW but its tremendous success "fuels the challenge" of trying to make this new massively online creation "even better."
"I still plan to be very involved with the future course of World of Warcraft, but will leave the day to day operations of World of Warcraft to my partners in crime, Tom Chilton and J. Allen Brack," posted Kaplan on the official World of Warcraft forums.
"When all is said and done, WoW is still my favorite game. I play it every day. None of that passion is gone. If anything, it fuels the challenge of making our next MMO even better. We know we have some big shoes to fill."
The question is will Blizzard manage to weave the same magic allure World of Warcraft has into a new MMO, or will it become a weight around their necks financially? Team Blizz do seem to have a knack of knowing what their fans want...