August 14, 2014 12:18pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Robin Williams to Live On in 'World of Warcraft'
Following the success of an online petition launched Monday, World of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that it will create a memorial to Robin Williams inside the MMORPG later this year.
The Change.org petition, created by Jacob Holgate, noted that Williams was on record as being an avid Warcraft gamer. "Because of his presence within our community," the petition reads, "we the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC [nonplayable character] within the game that memorializes the late actor-comedian." At press time, more than 10,000 people had signed the petition.
Confirmation that Blizzard was listening to its audience first came via the Twitter account of Chadd Nervig, the technical game designer for the popular online game, who responded to a fan Tuesday by saying, "We're taking care of it." A day later, the official Warcraft Twitter account released a message addressed to Williams' Twitter account that read, "We'll see you in-game."
.@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
It's still unclear what form the Williams tribute will take. Holgate's original petition suggested that the Williams NPC could "perform some of Williams' best jokes within the Worlds End Tavern, so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing." Blizzard has yet to respond to a request for clarification.