- Yesterday's State of the Game article for Champions Online was a mix of the usual status updates, as well as some completely unexpected news. Bill Roper is stepping aside as Executive Producer to move on to other design responsibilities. Shannon Posniewski will be taking over the position. Although I don't know a whole lot about the man (other than the fact that he was previous Director of Game Programming), his one benefit is that his name isn't radioactive.
- The public face of any personnel changes will always spin positive. But one might speculate that Roper, infamous since the foundering of Flagship Studios, was too large a distraction from the Cryptic message. If anything, though, I suspect he was just a lightning rod for a lot of dissatisfaction with the game.
- Whatever the case, I wish him the best in his new position. I enjoy Champions quite a lot and I'm thankful for whatever hand he had in making it. And good luck to Shannon Posniewski. You have your work cut out for you.
- I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention all the other good stuff in the SotG. Revelation will be coming soon, something I'm really excited about. On the horizion, he mentioned seeding additional missions throughout the zones soon, as well as the first adventure pack. For as much as people complain about the instancing in CO, I'm happy to see Cryptic embracing the technology to provide a diverse range of new content. If every new addition was shoehorned into the same five (or six, soon) zones, it would drive me crazy. All in all, it was an interesting day for CO.
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