For those who want to be saved a read, in short he’s retiring to spend more time with his family. It’s worth noting he is only 42 years old. Not as old as when Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch retired at 29 but like Lynch, Metzen was still in his prime when he decided to hang it up. With this official statement, it turns our Metzen actually announced his retirement in World of Warcraft’s new expansion Legion.
For those who didn’t know, Chris Metzen is Thrall’s voice actor and creator. Starting in Cataclysm, Thrall gained a unique in-game model. Metzen was intimately involved in all novels involving him and of course, all lore involving the first Warchief of the Horde. To say there are parellels between Metzen and Thrall can’t be understated enough.
I can’t believe I missed the obvious reference to Metzen’s retirement, though. In Legion, Enhancement Shaman gets the iconic Doomhammer as their Artifact Weapon. After passing Doomhammer on to the player character, Thrall decides to retire so he can spend more time with his family. I had originally written it off as Metzen just wanting to focus on the new Overwatch IP (born from the ashes of the cancelled Titan MMO), which launched earlier this year. Metzen also voiced King Varian Wrynn, who dies at the Broken Shore in Legion. I doubt Blizzard will allow anyone else to voice Thrall out of respect for Metzen.
Update: Metzen Tweeted he WILL continue to play Thrall moving forward.
Metzen actually makes a cameo appearance in the Warcraft movie but the cameo was cut from the final version of the film. It will be included in the home release, though.
Weather you liked him or hated him, The Warcraft Universe would not be what it is today without Chris Metzen. I wish him only the best in life.