It’s a bit tough for me to even grasp the words of Robin Williams’ passing, and I’m sure many are still reeling from the same disbelief. But there’s comfort in knowing that his legacy will continue not only through dear family members, friends, and fans, but alsoin the realm of World of Warcraft‘s Azeroth.
Williams was an avid gamer and even went so far as to name his children after video game characters (Zelda from The Legend of Zelda and Cody from Final Fight). He was an icon to gamers, a mere sliver of his legions of fans, and thanks to a petition started by a fan of both Williams and Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, the actor-comedian will live on in the MMO.
Blizzard began to ponder the idea independently before the initiative was further urged after a Change.org petition was started by Texas native Jacob Holgate who humbly pleaded with Blizzard to memorialize the late comedian and gamer. After garnering more than 10,000 signatures, Blizzard was quick to respond with the tweet seen below:
.@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
There are no details as of yet to how Mr. Williams will be honored in-game, but it’s comforting to know that he will be remembered and honored through a medium in which he held dear to his heart.
He will truly be missed, but never forgotten.