Christopher Vincent Metzen is an author known for his creation of fictional universes. He also wrote scripts for three award-winning media franchises, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. Blizzard Entertainment hired him as an animator and artist, where he worked with the video game Justice League Task Force. At Blizzard Entertainment, he also provided voice talent for many characters and contributed towards artistic character design. H
e was also the author of a graphic novel series about a second American Civil War in the future. He has also co-authored some graphic novels, Transformers, Autocracy and Transformers Monstrosity. Keep reading further to know more about the early life, career and net worth of Chris Metzen 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Chris Metzen was born on the 22nd of November, 1973. He was interested in drawing since he was six years old and started creating comics when he was twelve years old. He says that ‘Star Wars’ and the Dragonlance series of novels inspired him with his fantasy and science fiction fantasies. His artistic inspirations were Walt Simonson and Keith Parkinson.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Chris Metzen used to be the Senior Vice President at Blizzard Entertainment until he retired from there on the 12th of September, 2016, to spend time with his family.
Chris Metzen began his career at Blizzard Entertainment when he was nineteen. His first project was to work with the game Justice League Task Force. In this, he did the artwork and character animation. He started working on Warcraft-Orcs and Humans. In Warcraft ll, Tides of Darkness, he played a more significant role, by designing the story and also doing the artwork and voice acting. He contributed to the video games in the form of manual design, illustration and concept art.
In Warcraft ll, Beyond the Dark Portal, he was in charge of editing and consulting about the storyline as it was outsourced. He was the creative director of Warcraft 3, Reign of Chaos. He was also the creative director of Overwatch. In time, he not only contributed to developing the video games but also worked on the games’ fantasy based fictional universe.
Metzen created Diablo’s fictional universe together with Bill Roper. He also provided voice acting for some of the characters. He started doing the voice talent for many video games in the future.
He became lead designer for the science fiction strategy game, Starcraft.
In 2001, he wrote a novel set in the Warcraft universe, called ‘Of Blood and Honor’.
Soon, he became the art director. He worked with the games created by the Blizzard franchises. Later, he became the co-producer of the 2016 Warcraft film. He wrote the story for the film’s prequel novels, Warcraft-Durotan and novelization.
Just before he retired, he worked on the last Warcraft project called Intro Cinematic for World of Warcraft-Battle for Azeroth.
Independent of Blizzard, he worked on a series called Soldier-76. This was about the second American Civil War in the year 2010.
Chris Metzen was honored with the prestigious NAVGTR Award in the year 2018 for Overwatch.
Net Worth & Earnings
Chris Metzen has had a phenomenal journey till date. He has emerged as an exceptionally talented artist who has outshone in every field he has stepped in. His net worth is the result of several areas he has worked in his career. Hence, the approximated net worth of Chris Metzen is $12 million as of the present day.
At the age of 42, Chris Metzen announced his retirement. He had spent nearly 23 years at Blizzard from where he has earned major recognition in his career. Chris Metzen is known to have married Kat Hunter with whom he has been in a relationship for a long time. The couple has been henceforth blessed with three beautiful children. Chris Metzen is dearly loved by every animation lover. The universe he has created with fiction is flawless, and his followers are still rooting for more to come.