Robin Williams to Be Memorialized in World of Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment will memorialize Robin Williams in its massively multiplayer online role-playing game, “World of Warcraft.” Read on for further details.
According to Variety, videogame developer company Blizzard has agreed to memorialize the late comedian Robin Williams after fans petitioned to create a NPC (nonplayable character) based on Williams in game. The petition for Williams’ memorialization was posted on Change.org after Williams’ death on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
“Because of his presence within our community, we the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian,” explained Jacob Holgate, the man behind the petition. Many of the gamers have expressed that the NPC performs some of William’s best jokes within the Worlds End Tavern.
Williams, an avid gamer, admitted that he spent most of his hours playing “World of Warcraft.” The comedian was a fan of the videogames “Call of Duty,” “Half-Life 2,” “Portal” and even named his daughter after Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda.”
“Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We’ll see you in-game,” announced the company on Twitter. After 11,000 signatures, Chadd Nervigga, a technical game designer at Blizzard, tweeted, “Yes. We’re taking care of it.”
World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game created in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth released game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe, which was first introduced by Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. With almost seven million subscribers as of August 2014, World of Warcraft is currently the world’s most-subscribed MMORPG and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers, grossing over $10 billion as of July 2012. It is also the highest grossing video game of all time, surpassing “Call of Duty: Black Ops” at $1.5 billion.
A tribute to the late comedian already appears in another online game “APB: Reloaded.” Williams’ online identity in “World of Warcraft” was never revealed in public.
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