Much like it’s popular to blame EA for things you don’t like about BioWare, it’s long been popular to shift the blame to Activision when Blizzard make an unpopular move. Blizzard have had enough of that though, and spoke out overnight on a Reddit AMA thread about World of Warcraft.
Director Tom Chilton was asked: “”As the people designing the game, do you feel there has been a change in how things are done since the merger [between Blizzard and Activision], either within game development or the company in general?”
He responded unequivocally. “I’ll come out and say it. Activision gets an unfair reputation among our players for this, as does Bobby Kotick. We do demos for the Activision executive team about twice per year (sometimes only once). They ask intelligent questions about why we’re doing what we’re doing, but at no point have any mandates (or even “suggestions”) about the game’s design been issued.”