Blizzard CCO Responds To Joy Over Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo 3 Team
Posted on Sunday, January 20 @ 11:29:20 PST by Jonathan_Leack
Two days ago Diablo 3's game director, Jay Wilson, left the team after a tumultuous year. Although the game was successful both critically and commercially, its fanbase has been in upheaval over its fundamental design flaws, and who better to blame than the man in charge of its direction.
Following the announcement that Wilson has moved to a different team at Blizzard, a high volume of Diablo fans saw it as an opportunity to share their joy with others on the internet, especially on the official Diablo 3 forum. Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo has been taken back by the cruel posts—some of which have been deleted—, and replied with the following:
As much flak as Wilson has taken for Diablo 3's shortcomings, it was his reaction to criticism from David Brevik that has painted him as a bright, red target. No amount of apologizing or other team members sticking up for him can rectify saying "f**k that loser" to another developer, let alone the original Diablo creator.
At this point Diablo 3 is completely designed around its RMAH, and even after eight months of patches the game still lacks the charm that made you want to keep playing its predecessors for months on end. Its PvP system is almost ready to be released after months of delay, and that might be enough to bring back a few vetarans. However, it'll take a well-executed expansion to bring back any sizeable quantity of its lost customer base.
Meanwhile, Blizzard is scratching tooth and nail to deliver a game that can relive the success of its glory days with Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft; games that set huge precedent in the gaming market. Maybe Project Blackstone/Titan will do the trick.
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