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Senior Designer On Blizzard's Next MMO Laid Off?

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MMO specialist website Massively claims that, according to a "tipster", Blizzard's John Staats has been laid off. Who is John Staats? Only the senior level designer of the company's next big MMO, the successor to World of Warcraft.

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Staats (pictured), who has worked for Blizzard for a decade, been described as a "hero of the WoW dev team" and whose credits involve every single World of Warcraft raid dungeon, Blackrock Mountain and Booty Bay, was obviously a big part of the team working on Titan, the codename for Blizzard's next massively-multiplayer game.

Of course, he still may be a big part of the team; we've contacted Blizzard for confirmation, and will update if we hear back.

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Rumor: Senior Titan designer laid off by Blizzard [Massively]

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Now if only him getting knocked off the project forced them to make it into something other than an MMO. Wouldn't that be nice... Sigh.