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Interview: Blizzard’s Chris Metzen on the WoW movie, Heart of the Swarm, more

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 09:21 GMT By Justin Kranzl

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It’s late in the afternoon and it’s fitting to find the developer known as the Bourbon Cowboy – Chris Metzen – on horseback. Admittedly, it’s a virtual steed; we’ve just walked in on him playing World of Warcraft in his office at Blizzard’s Irvine, CA headquarters. It turns out even the mind behind some of the most distinctive (and lucrative) worlds known in gaming – StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo – is an achievement junkie, with Metzen trying to nail in-game exploration accolades “between meetings”.

Or at least that’s his story.

Metzen’s title at Blizzard is “vice president of creative development”, which is corporate longhand for being the company’s de facto creative director. Play a Blizzard game published in the past decade-and-a-half, and chances are you’ll experience his stories and scripting, see his art or hear him, as Metzen also undertakes voice acting duties on the company’s games. When customers pick up StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty later this year, much of what they will experience bears his imprimatur. And when they or their friends venture into the next World of Warcraft expansion (Cataclysm) months later, the concept and new game world they will find is spawned from the same mind.

Metzen’s office – like those of many game developers – is a colourful ode to fantasy and science fiction’s creative influence. A scale model of Darth Vader’s head oversees a distracting array of figurines, art and publications. When Blizzard has to counsel staff at its sprawling Irvine HQ, this would be the last place it’d choose. It’s just too playful.

We’re ostensibly here to discuss StarCraft II, however Metzen’s influence ensured the discussion went beyond that. Blizzard’s first feature film adaptation (Warcraft), gaming’s assumption of narrative control in major franchises, and Activision’s recent corporate travails are all topics of frequent discussion outside of the company walls; we were curious to get impressions from within.

VG247: How far into mapping out the second instalment of StarCraft II are you now?

Chris Metzen: We meet on it all the time. We know what the arc is – we know how it starts and ends, we know what all the major characters are and most of the secondary characters, but we’re not quite at the point of having actual mission design, since most of the designers are still cranking away to get [first instalment] Wings of Liberty out. The story team’s well in advance of it, but the dev side is still obviously finishing up this one. Until they really activate, that’s when things really get moving. At this point we’re still largely talking story, theme, kind of roughing-out cinematic ideas and things like that.

The first instalment is told largely through a human protagonist. What differences are there in creating a storyline from an alien perspective – specifically the insect-like Zerg – in the next chapter, Heart of the Swarm?

Chris Metzen: We talk about it often. How do you take really grotesque alien characters and get people to empathize with them? How do you personify these creepy-creepies and make them endearing? We’re still really at the point of constructing these  characters so we don’t exactly know. We’ll feel it out as we go – the one benefit is that the storyline is rooted in the character of [human/Zerg hybrid] Kerrigan. So through her, she’s kind of our sounding board – we can understand and empathize through her. She’s kind of the heart of the whole thing, pardon the pun. She’s the conceptual anchor or the lens through which we see the Zerg worlds and the Zerg mindset. [That said,] we’re still very much in the construction phase.

Are you spending a considerable amount of time on the Sam Raimi-directed Warcraft film?

Chris Metzen: I wouldn’t say “considerable” at all just yet. We’ve been through a number of story meetings, and we’re still kind of getting it together with Raimi and his team and jamming on themes that we want to chase. We’re kinda getting a lot of  values together – what kind of story we want to tell, what do we want people to feel, what is the best way to look at this big franchise. We had had some script iterations previous to Raimi coming on board that were cool, that had some really good bits – sometimes a little too overcooked or a little too undercooked. We’re still trying to feel out that space, so as he came in he wanted to have fresh eyes and look at the content of Warcraft in such a way as to dig out what will <i>most</i> people feel: “Oh, I get it, that matches my expectations when I played.”

You can aim the camera in a hundred different directions in a place like Warcraft so it’s kind of finding that right one. But in terms of division of time, or whatever, it doesn’t take up a tremendous amount of time these days. It’s really just strategic phone calls or strategic meetings from time to time until things really get moving on the Hollywood side.

Some IP holders, such as LucasArts with Star Wars, have spoken of handing the destiny of their canon and lore from film to gaming. Could Warcraft have the potential to do the reverse?

Chris Metzen: The games are always going to be the core canon “franchise” or whatever, but looking at things like Spider-man or X-men or films we’ve seen over time, especially based on ideas that  have been around a long time – since the 60s, or whatever – it’s kind of like a new expression. We’re still dealing with how “canon” will [the film] be. And I don’t have a great answer for that yet, but I think the game side will always be the core experience of what Warcraft is.

My intention with the feature is that it is as close as possible to what people have experienced and what they know of our canon, but we’ll have to see the way it plays out. And I don’t mean that facetiously – we’re still trying to figure it out.

Do you have concerns the film interpretation will disappoint fans?

Chris Metzen: I don’t have specific concerns that weigh at this moment. I have… from the day we decided it would be a good idea to have a movie in any shape… I worry about that stuff constantly. Hell, I worry about it on the games side. It’s all so complicated and fast moving – I have nightmares about screwing it up or just missing the mark. Even a movie that’s 85% good; that’s not 100% good, and our fans are very particular. But the point where we are today, with Sam and  his crew – we’re still feeling it out and I think everyone shares that.

Nobody wants to screw it up: we all want to hit it hard and have it be something that is as resonant and canonical as it can be. But given what Warcraft is, with all these moving parts, we’re going to have to take some liberties here and  there. I’m under no illusions about that fact, but it’s the spirit in which you do that. You know – organic web shooters versus [Spider-man] Peter Parker’s science lab mechanical web shooters. Sometimes you have to break with convention, and I’m sure that we will. I don’t know where or how, but we’re still feeling that out. I don’t have any cause for worry right now, but I can tell you I’m fundamentally worried about screwing it up – but we picked the best partners we could find.

How interested are you in creating points of cross-pollination across Blizzard’s gaming universes?

Chris Metzen: Zerg fossils in WoW, that kind of stuff?

Is that something you could see Blizzard moving more into?

Chris Metzen: To clarify: StarCraft in Warcraft and Warcraft in StarCraft?

And Diablo.

Chris Metzen: And Diablo. I have very little interest in that canonically, but if we do a little funny… For instance, we recently did a little StarCraft in-game pet for your WoW character; it was kind of funny and schticky and stuff like that.

I’m getting looser about that kind of thing – as long as it’s cool or funny, it’s all gravy. But I like the idea these universes really existing apart. For instance I’m a big fan of 80s license – G.I Joe, Transformers – and every once in a  while people do crossover: “G.I. Joe vs Transformers!” and I’m kind of “ugh”. It’s kind of cool, but I’m kind of a purist that way. I like things to be able to breathe and be their own thing so I’m not as hip in really chasing that down, but if we can find fun ways, [if] it’s more of a nod to the fans that really love these ideas, then that’s cool.

You would regard yourself as being pretty fiercely protective of what you’ve created?

Chris Metzen: Oh, I try to be. I try to be. I love these worlds and I’m very sensitive to just how passionate our fans are, because I’m that guy. When I look at Star Wars or the Marvel universe, or whatever things I’m particularly into, I get very geeked out and I don’t appreciate it when people – in terms of your perceptions – screw with what you love. So I’m very sensitive to that with Warcraft, especially since the rate of conceptual turnover is so high. We’re constantly putting out new content, we’re constantly having to retcon ideas to make older ideas work – or kinda seem like that work back in day.

It’s just a constant siege of new ideas and I’m always aware of that fine line between breaking it and making it work – and how that translates emotionally to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of fans. That’s a crazy thing – even having to compute that while you’re just really chasing art and creating. I don’t want to break it. I don’t want to be the guy that breaks it.

We’ve been doing a manga series with TOKYOPOP which is built to be short stories. Some of those aren’t entirely canon, they’re just fun little vignettes, but in the game product itself, I hate the idea of us totally screwing up or misreading what the fan base will respond to.

What about your other stakeholders? You’ve got Activision, who are seemingly moving out of the ‘sitting in the background’ approach. Do you worry about getting a knock on the door one day saying “We want you to do things a different way”?

Chris Metzen: I don’t know that we’re in any danger of the relationship changing. We’ve got a pretty good working vibe with them so I don’t worry about it too much. We’ve always been very fortunate to have been left to our devices regardless of what corporate situation we found ourselves in.

A few years ago you probably could have said the same thing about Infinity Ward and Activision.

Chris Metzen: Right.

I’m wondering when you see that kind of situation going down does it give you pause, or do you say “That’s a different studio, that’s a different dynamic – it won’t happen here”?

Chris Metzen: [Laughs] Is ‘no comment’ an appropriate response?

I guess I would say that we’ve spent a lot of years building up this brand. The Blizzard brand. ‘Cause tonally it is different – you look at Warcraft and there’s certain themes that pop to mind. You look at StarCraft, and there’s certain themes that pop to mind. And almost at a meta level our little blue logo feels like something. And we’ve spent a lot of time building that up – maybe clumsily sometimes over the years, but we’ve built this place into what it is and we’re all pretty fiercely proud of it and interested in preserving it. And preserving that sense that the community really can trust us to put out the best product we can put out, and that we’re listening to them and want to provide as bitchin’ a game experience to them as we can. That will not change. At the end of the day, that’s about all that matters.

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10 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    By who?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve added a note at the top. I’ll fix that in a minute.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    Fixed.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Anders

    Nice interview, albeit a bit short. Chris Metzen seems like an interesting guy.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Chris is a genius. Thank you Chris for outstanding work.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    I’m a big Chris fan. I interviewed him last year at Blizzard. Very sharp guy.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gadzooks!

    Love or hate the Warcraft series, it’s hard to knock the sheer depth and continuity of it’s lore.

    A Warcraft movie is really dangerous territory. The faithful will pick holes in any lore inconsistency and the uninitiated have a monsterous learning curve ahead of them. They will have to cast a very wide net I think, to make it successful.

    Personally I can’t wait for the movie, but am going to shelve any preconceptions before watching and try very hard to overlook the compromises they will almost certainly have to make.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    @7

    The lore is pick and choose of famous writers such as Lovecraft with the Old Gods. There is no lore every expansion they gut whatever lore was in the previous installments for the MMO to continually make money.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    “every expansion they gut whatever lore was in the previous installments”

    Examples?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    Nelves being mages, Taurens being pallies and priests. The draenei looks.

    Even better:

    http://www.wowwiki.com/Retcon_speculation

    #10 5 years ago

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  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

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  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

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  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

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  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

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  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

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  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

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  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

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  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

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  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]