In addition to being a brilliant stand-up comedian and actor, the late Robin Williams was also a video game enthusiast. He was very open about his love of gaming throughout his career and his daughter, Zelda Williams, is even named after the famous Nintendo heroine. Alongside Portal and Legend of Zelda on the list of his favorite games was Blizzard's MMO World of Warcraft. To allow Williams to live on in Azeroth, Blizzard recently revealed that it plans to include a Williams-inspired NPC in the game in the near future. According to some Warlords of Draenor data, he may be arriving even sooner than expected.
The upcoming WoW expansion back may still be three months away, but beta builds for the new content are already available for some lucky players. In the process of scouring the data for the latest build for hints as to the expansion's content, Wowhead stumbled across what is likely the early version of the in-game memorial to Williams.
The Wowhead team took to Twitter to share the discovery with the rest of the Warcraft community...
The dataminers at Wowhead found three new NPCs that are potentially related to the memorial character that Blizzard promised. There were three different versions of a character named Robin the Entertainer in the code. The first, pictured above, is a djinn, which seems like an obvious nod to Williams' role as the voice of Genie in in Disney's Aladdin. The other two models are a human female and a human male. Knowing Williams' career, it seems like a safe bet that the female human may end up being an allusion to Mrs. Doubtfire, but the human male is still a mystery (although some sources believe he will be a reference to Mort).
At this point, the data doesn't offer any hints about where the characters will be located or what role they will play in Azeroth. Some rumors suggest Robin the Entertainer may replace the stand-up comedian in Shattrath's World's End Tavern, but we suspect Blizzard may want to place him somewhere in the new Draenor content, so that he will be seen by more players.
The initiative to include Williams in the game was started by WoW player Jacob Holgate. His petition quickly became very popular and it only took a few short days before Blizzard recognized the request and confirmed that the team would get to work on an in-game tribute to Williams.
Are you excited to see the Williams-inspired NPC on Azeroth? Which of his iconic roles would you most want to see recreate in the game? Let us know in the comments.
Warlords of Draenor releases November 13, 2014 for PC.
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