jdreyer wrote on Apr 29, 2016, 15:10:
Isn't Mark Kern the guy that created the Firefall debacle?
I don't know all the specifics. I'm not sure if he caused or contributed to it, but in truth that's a topic for another discussion. Right now this is huge milestone.
Not many people know this but after the lead programmer left to form Arena.net (possibly Mike O'Brien) Blizzard was ready to cancel WOW. They saw no path forever. However, Mark Kern stepped up and said let me find a new lead programmer and get the game ready to ship. Blizzard took a chance on Mark and his leadership led to one of gaming's most successful MMOs in history. Imagine a gaming world where WOW didn't exist.
Anyhow, here's the Tweets for proof:
vomiting_cat: Look at Oldschool Runescape's success. Look at Nostalrius and now Kronos/Lordaeron. Sometimes feels like, you're wrong?
Mark: Blizzard was pretty sure WoW should be cancelled to, until I convinced them to try. https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723670297405054978
Mark: They all seem to forget I saved WoW from cancellation and got it shipped in the first place. https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723552778308608000
Khayotix: tell us the story Mark! What happened that the game needed saving? History lesson time!
Mark: The game was in shambles, the lead left to start Arena. net. Blizzard said, no way to continuehttps://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723553532465418240
Mark: I said I would join the team, find a new lead prog and help turn the game around. They let me try.https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/723553713042821124
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