Blizzard Honors Robin Williams By Adding Him To World Of Warcraft
When reports of comedian and actor Robin Williams's death began circulating on the web yesterday, fans and fellow film stars alike took to social media to pay tribute to his life and legacy. Now, thanks to a successful petition on Change.org, the self-professed video game enthusiast will appear in Blizzard's popular MMO World of Warcraft.
Petition organizer Jacob Holgate wrote on the petition page that Blizzard employees have resolved to handle the petition's request to add Williams into the game as a non-playable character tastefully. When questioned about the petition on Twitter (before the goal of 10,000 signatures had been met), World of Warcraft technical game designer Chadd Nervig wrote, "Yes. We're taking care of it."
Blizzard later confirmed that it would be adding Williams to the game via Twitter.
.@robinwilliams Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We’ll see you in-game.— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) August 13, 2014
Williams was best known for his comedy performances and for his roles in Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, winning an Academy Award for the latter. He was also very open about his passion for gaming, appearing in promotional videos for The Legend of Zelda and discussing his Call of Duty online matches with Jimmy Fallon.
Williams was pronounced dead yesterday, and today USA Today reports investigators have declared his death a suicide. He was 63.