Mike Morhaime, co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment and the studio’s longtime president, has stepped down from his position effective immediately. While Morhaime will stay on as a strategic adviser, World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack has taken over as president of Blizzard Entertainment, the company announced Wednesday afternoon.
Brack has been with Blizzard for 12 years, and has led the World of Warcraft team for that duration. Alongside Brack, chief development officer Ray Gresko and Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham have also joined the studio’s executive leadership team.
Video footage of an unannounced game set in the Harry Potter universe has leaked online. The footage was posted to Reddit and YouTube before being pulled by Warner Brothers. It originated from a focus group conducted in the US, claims the source, and shows a third-person open-world action RPG set in a 19th Century version of Harry Potter’s world.
The apparent leak comes as JK Rowling is expanding the scope of the Harry Potter universe. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them kicked off a new saga of prequel films in 2016, and a stage play that follows the children of the franchise’s original heroes opened in London that same year. This game, which is rumored to be under development by Avalanche Software (not to be confused with Just Cause’s Avalanche Studios), could be the next canonical addition to the shared universe.
The Minecraft universe is set to expand once again. Announced September 29th at Minecon, developer Mojang revealed a new dungeon-crawler set in the blocky universe. Called Minecraft: Dungeons, the new experience is described as “an all-new action-adventure game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers, where you’ll constantly discover new weapons and items that will help you defeat a ruthless swarm of new-and-nasty mobs. You’ll fight or flee through canyons, swamps, and — of course — mines!” Dungeons is, naturally, set in the Minecraft universe, but it looks like it will offer a more structured experience than the sandbox building game.
Let the speculation begin. Bungie has filed a trademark for something called “Matter.”
No big details have been leaked or revealed about Matter but the keen eyes over at Eurogamernoticed that the trademark has been filed under two categories: “computer game software” and “online entertainment services.” The chances here are pretty good that whatever Matter is, it’s game-related.