There's no easy way to say this, so let's just dive right in: This is my goodbye thread.
WildStar's been an opportunity I've never had before. It's the first time I've gotten to work on an original IP, not something that's owned or controlled by another company (like Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, etc.) and it's been amazing to have that freedom to do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. With your support, we launched a massive livestream initiative, had a hugely successful beta, and forged some amazing relationships that will carry this game onwards forever. One of my main goals over the past couple months was to build up a solid Community team with a strong foundation, and I feel like we've hit that stride right now. Tony (aka Tha_Cheez, aka "The Packers Suck") and Sean (aka "The guy who runs @WildStar") are in a position now to catapult their way to launch with an awesome schedule of content that brings you guys further into our studio, and allows us to interact with you in more ways than ever.
There's no real "perfect" time to leave a team, especially with MMOs that have no real "end," but the truth is my personal life's taken a turn and I've made the impossibly difficult decision to leave Carbine. The guys will continue building up the community team, and will share some of their plans with you in the near future, and I have no doubt that you guys will see some amazing stuff as we get ready for launch and beyond.
Thank you all so much for sharing your excitement and love for WildStar with me over the last few years. It's been an amazing experience, and I can't wait to jump over to the other side and experience the launch of this game as a player. (I've already got a LAN party set up with my friends for headstart!)
I want to leave you with a story that's stuck with me my whole life, and hopefully will get you guys even more excited for the future of this game. When I was a kid, I was on the JV basketball team at my elementary school. We used to practice each afternoon outside on the court. One day, a team from our rival school showed up and tried to kick us off the court. That didn't sit so well with us, and I got into the first (and last) fight of my life. The police got involved, and when I finally made it home, my mom was scared and said, "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air."
See you on Nexus,