Former WoW PVP Dev Brian Holinka Returns As Lead Combat Designer

Developer Brian Holinka returns to World of Warcraft.

Developer Brian Holinka returns to World of Warcraft.

It seems structural changes are still under way at Blizzard. Earlier this month Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime announced he would be stepping down from his current role and taking on an advisory position. At the same time, it was announced that World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack would be taking his place.

A few weeks later, Blizzard announced that Heroes of the Storm game director Alan Dabiri would be transitioning to a currently unrevealed position within the company.

Today, we have even more news of Blizzard team members taking on new(ish) roles. Blizzard dev Brian Holinka is returning to work on World of Warcraft. I say “returning” because while Holinka never left Blizzard, he did leave behind his position as Lead PvP developer for the popular MMO last year to work on an unannounced project for the company.

This past weekend, Holinka revealed via Twitter that he’s returning to World of Warcraft.

According to Holinka’s LinkedIn page, he won’t be picking up his old role of Lead PvP developer but will instead be WoW’s new Lead Combat designer. What this transition means for the other project he was working on is anyone’s guess. It will also be interesting to see if any of these changes affect BlizzCon, which is taking place in less than two weeks.

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