Bill Roper announces departure from Cryptic

Tuesday, 17th August 2010 21:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Bill Roper has announced his departure from Cryptic Studios.

He was CEO of the firm for the last two years.

According to his farewell post on the official Cryptic forums (thanks, Eurogamer), his “entrepreneurial spirit has become restless” so he ” made the difficult decision to move on and look for new opportunities”.

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

For the past two years I’ve had the extreme privilege of working with an amazing array of talented developers and just plain great people here at Cryptic Studios. Over the past few months my entrepreneurial spirit has become restless, and I’ve made the difficult decision to move on and look for new opportunities.

The effort and dedication that has gone into the launching of Champions Online and Star Trek Online, as well as the continued support of these games in the months that followed, shows the passion that everyone here has for the games and our community. And even as verbose as I usually am, I can’t properly express how incredibly inspiring it has been to work with the people here at Cryptic and how much I’ve learned from my time here.

Finally, you’ll see me around because I’m going to continue playing the games that Cryptic develops. I know first-hand the people here deeply care about what they do. It shows in their efforts as they strive to continually make the games better and better. It’s been a true honor to have been a part of it all.

No word yet on what Roper plans to do, but with a resume with names like Flagship and Blizzard on it, there’s no telling where he’ll go to next.

Cryptic is currently at work on a new game, and it’s rumored to be a Neverwinter Nights title.



  1. Neolucifer

    “but with a resume with names like Flagship”

    I stopped , thought again about hellgate , then his cryptic period with mediocre stuff like champions and star trek , and then i bursted in laughters .

    #1 4 years ago
  2. revolting

    That’s the easy assessment to make, Neolucifer. It boggles the mind that people tend to so easily forget that he was also responsible for three of the most successful franchises in computer entertainment in the earier (and arguably more charming) Blizzard days.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    I don’t get the Champions hate. Granted, it’s no Warcraft, or Everquest, and it’s not a game I would spend ages on, but I haven’t regretted the few stints I’ve taken with it.

    I think they moved mountains for a company of that size. At least it stands out to me as a game with a lot of imagination, when it comes to “killing 10 rats”.

    PS. That guy really strikes me as some kind of south bavarian shut-in, whose only desire in life is feasting on human flesh. Creepy motherfucker. Smile for the camera, dude.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. revolting

    Champions has some great ideas, but it does get a tad repetative very quickly. That said, I have a lifetime sub and log in fairly regularly even when I’m going through phases of not playing it actively. There’s so much potential in there, but oddly it just feels slightly off, somehow.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. wishdokta

    Smells like money. Just rest somewhere and do it right, Billy.

    #5 4 years ago

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