Robin Williams, a beloved father and talent, was also an avid gamer. After struggling with illness and depression, Williams took his life Monday in an act that has left his family and the community with a sense of loss. In response, a Change.org petition surfaced, asking Nintedo to honor Robin Williams with a Legend of Zelda character of the same name. The Zelda series was very special to the late Williams; he even named his daughter Zelda. (Williams’ son, Cody, is also named after a video game character, although he never specified which.)
Nintendo has now given an initial response to the petition, which has garnered over 100,000 signatures:
“Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Polygon. “Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we’ve worked with multiple times.”
“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close.”
Williams shamelessly enjoyed pen-and-paper RPGs, Warcraft III, Half-Life, Battlefield 2, and many other titles. While it’s unclear whether Nintendo will be able to make such an addition, Williams will already be immortalized in World of Warcraft, a world he loved and so often inhabited.
Earlier this week, Blizzard confirmed they would memorialize the actor with an in-game character, after a petition called for a tavern NPC who would tell jokes and entertain players long after the actor’s passing.
.@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