PopCap VP Leaves For Blizzard "Secret Project"

Update: According to WoWInsider, Canessa has been brought on as project director for the new, which will first launch with StarCraft II, but will also support Diablo III and future Blizzard titles.

Greg Canessa -- VP of video game platforms at PopCap -- has left the company to take on a role at Blizzard Entertainment.  What he'll be doing at Blizzard is unclear as of right now, though a "trusted source" told Joystiq that he's going to be working on their latest unannounced project, purportedly alongside VP of game design, Rob Pardo.

Whatever this new project is, it's in the very early stages of development, so it may be a while before we hear anything about it.  Still, it's interesting to see Canessa, who was previously group manager of Xbox Live, join Blizzard after a short stint at PopCap -- makers of Bejeweled, Peggle, and many other popular casual games.  Could his experience in both areas tie into his new role at Blizzard, and this new title that is rumored to be yet another brand new IP for the company?


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