by Mark Barley
'World of Warcraft' not influenced by Activision
According to World of Warcraft developer Blizzard, the game's publisher - Activision - did not and does not influence the MMORPG's design.
During a recent Q&A session over on Reddit, World of Warcraft game director Tom Chilton stated that Blizzard remains an independent developer.
“I’ll come out and say it,” Chilton explained, “Activision gets an unfair reputation among our players for this, as does Bobby Kotick. We do demos for the Activision executive team about twice per year (sometimes only once). They ask intelligent questions about why we’re doing what we’re doing, but at no point have any mandates (or even “suggestions”) about the game’s design been issued.”