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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rumor: Senior Titan designer laid off

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The recent spate of MMO industry layoffs isn't discriminating in terms of company size if the latest rumors are true. We've just been informed that one of Blizzard's golden boys has been served his walking papers, joining hundreds of devs from the likes of NCsoft, GamersFirst, GameForge, and CCP in recent weeks.

John Staats, the senior level designer on Blizzard's secretive Titan project, has been let go, according to our tipster. Staats has been with the company for over a decade and is responsible for some of World of Warcraft's most celebrated content including all the raid dungeons, Blackrock Mountain and Booty Bay, and numerous other instanced dungeons.

Staats was also described by Jeff Kaplan as the "hero of the WoW dev team."

Blizzard's Response: Hey guys, out of respect for their privacy, we don’t discuss individual employees, but the speculation circulating about ‘massive layoffs at Blizzard’ is just a rumor.

Bahska's response: Do you guys know what comes out in about 2 months? I wouldn't believe anything until Blizzard or the guy who according to a "Tipster" (which could have bean anyone) that got fired gives a statement. 
If your game was about to go up against a 11 million player, 7 year old game, wouldn't you try to dig some dirt up true or false to try an make the company look bad? 
I have nothing against Joystiq or the people from Massively but the above article just sounds fishy to me.
Is it false? I'm not saying that, but the timing of this story is a little odd to say the least.
Like i said i wouldn't believe it until someone who isn't a "Tipster" says something.