The news was confirmed on WoW's official Twitter page and followed a Change.org petition that was launched after news broke of his shocking death on Monday. Fans had called on developer Activision Blizzard to create a non-player character (NPC) for the Oscar winner, who was an avid gamer. As of Friday, more than 10,900 people have signed it.
When asked by a fan if the company has seen the petition, Chadd Nervig, one of the multi-player online role-playing game's technical game designers, tweeted, "Yes. We're taking care of it."
.@robinwilliams Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We'll see you in-game.? World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) August 13, 2014
Robin was such a big fan of video games that he even named his daughter Zelda Williams, 25, after Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda, another one of his favorites. It was first released in 1986 and has since had several adaptations. Fans have also launched and signed a Change.org petition calling on developer Nintendo to name a character after Robin in a new version. It has as of Friday garnered at least 79,719 signatures.
The actor and his daughter starred in a commercial for a 2011 adaptation of the game, titled The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (watch the heartwarming ad below, plus check out an interview with the two).
In a 2009 interview on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, he said his son Cody Williams, now 22, was also named after a video game character. His other son, Zak Williams, now 31, was the one who came up with his sister's name.
"He was playing and he went, 'What a great name,'" the actor told host Jimmy Fallon. "I went, 'You're right. It's a sweet name and it really kind of fits her. She's kind of magic."
During that interview, he also talked about how he particularly enjoyed another popular video game, Call of Duty. Sometimes, he would play and interact with other gamers—of various ages.
"It's always weird, too, when you play online and you get owned by a 10-year-old," he said, pretending to speak to one on a headset. "'You're my bitch! Hey, old man, I own your ass!' 'How old are you?' "This many!'"