Robin Williams tribute characters found in World of Warcraft data

The passing of actor Robin Williams affected fans from all walks of life, but gamers made a special claim to his legacy. Williams was a game enthusiast and a known fan of games like Portal, The Legend of Zelda and World of Warcraft. Now, the creators of the latter title seem to be working on an in-game memorial for the actor: a NPC named "Robin <The Entertainer>." Wowhead, a site that scours the game code for new additions, picked up three instances of the tribute in a recent update for the Warlords of Draenor beta build -- a male human, a female human and, of course, a blue genie.

Blizzard hasn't said anything about the new character data yet, but it's a strong sign that an announcement is coming. When asked on Twitter if company had seen the online petition to memorialize Williams last week, one employee said "Yes. We're taking care of it." This, apparently is it, but don't rush to log in -- the character model might be in the game data, but that doesn't mean this tribute NPC is actually in the game. Our colleagues at WoW Insider told us they haven't located the character on live servers yet, and aren't sure if the three character models represent three different tribute NPCs, or one that changes form. Still, it's nice to see Blizzard (working on) tipping its hat to one of its most famous players.