BEN BRODE 致全球炉石玩家的一封信

我们了解到 Ben Brode 已经离职的消息,并了解到他将创办新的公司。

以下为 Ben Brode 致全球炉石玩家的一封信!

To my friends, coworkers, and the Legendary Hearthstone community,

致 亲爱的朋友们、同事们及传说级的炉石社区:

After 15 years at Blizzard and almost 10 years working on Hearthstone, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to embark on a new journey.

在暴雪工作15年,炉石项目10年后,我做出了一个非常艰难的决定——是时候开启一段新的旅程了。

Man, that was a hard sentence to type.

上面的每一字每一句对我来说都格外沉重。

I was 20 years old when I started here. My first role was ‘Night Crew Game Tester.’

遥想当年,我还是个二十出头的小伙子。我的第一份职责是“夜班游戏测试员”。

Since then, Blizzard has been good to me. I got to cast esports events, announce BlizzCons, play in Rock Bands, write raps, and work with incredible people. But the biggest opportunity came in 2008 when I joined “Team 5.” The Hearthstone Team.

自从那时起,暴雪就对我一直很好。我主持过电竞赛事,宣布过暴雪嘉年华,玩过摇滚乐队,写过饶舌歌曲,还跟非常棒的人一起共事。接着幸运女神在2008年眷顾了我,自此我正式加入了《炉石传说》的开发团队——T5。

I am very proud of Hearthstone. I think we made an impact on the industry. People tell me that Hearthstone brought their family closer together, or that they became close friends with people they met at a Fireside Gathering. Others tell me they were inspired by Hearthstone to become game developers themselves. It’s incredible to be a part of something that touches so many people.

我为《炉石传说》感到骄傲,我认为我们轰动了整个产业。有人跟我说《炉石传说》让他们的家庭关系变得更紧密,也有人通过线下的炉边聚会交到很多好友,还有人说他们受到《炉石传说》的启发,并立志成为一名游戏设计师。能接触和感染到这么多人,这感觉棒极了!

But as proud as I am of Hearthstone, I am even more proud of the team.

不过相较于《炉石传说》这款游戏,我更为我们的开发团队感到骄傲。

There is no team like the Hearthstone team. People have come and gone over the 10 years Hearthstone has been in development, but there’s something special about the Soul of the Team. We knew our most important product wasn’t the game, but the team itself. A great team can do great things, and I think the Hearthstone team is the greatest. It isn’t just a job. It’s a shared passion. We get to come to work and focus on the game we love and try to make it better every day.

《炉石传说》的开发团队是如此的与众不同。虽然在这十年间有过不少人员变动,但整个团队的灵魂始终如一。我们深知最最重要的产品不是这款游戏,而是我们团队本身。一个伟大的团队可以成就伟大的事业,而炉石团队就是其中的佼佼者。这不只是一份工作,更是承载着所有人激情与梦想的舞台。我们全身心地投入到工作中,用我们的专注和爱让《炉石传说》变得更好。

We frequently check the Hearthstone subreddit looking for opportunities to improve the game. I have loved the silly memes, engaging in spirited debates, or even just being held accountable to our shared high standards for the game. We try to be highly available on social media, and I think our team helped push the envelope in this regard. It has been especially satisfying to me to see the team step up over the last few years and help engage in these ways as I became more focused on direction and less on actual design.

我们经常在Reddit上关注炉石版块,收集能帮助改善游戏体验的反馈。我很爱那些无厘头的梗,直击灵魂的讨论,乃至对我们所分享的关于游戏设计的内容表示负责。我们努力向社区媒体敞开怀抱,我们的团队在这一点上也在不断挑战自我的极限。特别是近几年来,看到团队成员从幕后走上台前和玩家交流,让我感到由衷的欣慰。也使得我可以减少实际的设计工作,从而更加专注于《炉石传说》的整体发展方向。

I get too much credit by virtue of being a public face, but the 80+ people on the development team are still there, and they are the ones actually making the cards, brawls, events, missions, and features. I am confident the game is in the best possible hands, and I’m excited to see where a new generation of leaders takes Hearthstone from here.

由于经常出现在公众视野里,我收获了很多赞誉。但实际上我们的开发团队有八十多号人,他们才是制作出那些卡牌、乱斗、活动、任务和游戏功能的幕后英雄。我对他们非常有信心,我也很期待看到新一代的领导团队将把《炉石传说》带向何方。

I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life, and I’m excited to be scrappy and a little scared. I’m going to help start a new company. We’ll probably make games, but we haven’t figured anything else out, yet. I’m looking forward to designing, programming, and actually creating things again. I’m going to miss the on-campus Starbucks, though. Dang.

我很庆幸在我的生涯里能有如此疯狂的冒险,对此我感到既兴奋又恐惧。我即将参与创立一家新的公司,我们可能会开发游戏,但现在一切都还是未知数。我很期待再一次做策划,写代码,并加入到实际的创作中去。不过,我还是会怀念总部食堂的星巴克的。>_<

Blizzard, thank you for taking a chance on me, and thank you for taking a chance on Hearthstone. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

暴雪,感谢你给了我这个机会,感谢你让我参与到《炉石传说》的制作,我已经迫不及待想要看你续写接下来的传奇了。

And to the passionate community of players – I will miss you, and the laughs we shared together. Thank you for making being a part of Hearthstone so much fun for me. I’ve loved every minute.

另外致我们热情的社区玩家——我会想念你们的,我会想念我们一起开怀大笑的日子。感谢你们作为《炉石传说》的一份子所贡献出的一切努力,我很享受其中的每一分,每一秒。

Sincerely,

爱你们的,

Ben Brode

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