Bill Roper Leaves Cryptic Studios

Bill Roper Leaves Cryptic Studios

Former Blizzard director leaves Champions Online and Star Trek Online developer after two years, citing "restlessness".

Cryptic Studios has announced that chief creative office Bill Roper is departing the company after two years working with the Champions Online and Star Trek Online developer.

In a farewell message posted on Cryptic’s site, Roper, formerly a director at Blizzard and CEO of Hellgate developer Flagship Studios, cited "restlessness" and a desire to explore new opportunities as the reasons for his departure.

"For the past two years I’ve had the extreme privilege of working with an amazing array of talented developers and just plain great people here at Cryptic Studios," Says Roper. "Over the past few months my entrepreneurial spirit has become restless, and I’ve made the difficult decision to move on and look for new opportunities.

"The effort and dedication that has gone into the launching of Champions Online and Star Trek Online, as well as the continued support of these games in the months that followed, shows the passion that everyone here has for the games and our community.

"And even as verbose as I usually am, I can’t properly express how incredibly inspiring it has been to work with the people here at Cryptic and how much I’ve learned from my time here. Most importantly, I learned a lot from you – our players. In the months and years ahead, I hope to be able to apply that knowledge and continue to create worlds and games that entertain."