It appears that Blizzard has lost yet another veteran, as Frank Pearce has now stepped down from the company. Pearce took to a letter on the official Blizzard news page to announce his departure. The letter itself details how Pearce is “passing the torch” of his position to the new generation. He recounted his time at the company, along with discussed how he came to help found it. Pearce had the following to say to the community:

“My request and hope for all of you is that you continue living the Blizzard values and that you be kind and respectful to one another as you experience what Blizzard creates in the future. Blizzard is a special place and a special community, and everyone with whom you interact is important to the Blizzard journey as it continues forward. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful past I have enjoyed, and thank you in advance for the great future I expect we will share.”

At the time of leaving, Frank Pearce served as the Chief Development Officer of Activision-Blizzard. Some of his most notable works were in the first two Warcraft games, along with heading development of Warcraft III. In addition, he was the Executive Producer in several of World of Warcraft’s expansions such as Mists of Pandaria.

Today is no doubt a sad day over at the company. If you’d like to read the full letter along with the response letter by J. Allen Brack, you can do so here.