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After seven years of working on Diablo III, game director Jay Wilson has announced that he is leaving the project to take a new position within Blizzard.
In a post on the Battle.net forums, Wilson talked about the decision:
"I recently celebrated my seven-year anniversary working on Diablo III, and while it's been one of the most challenging and rewarding periods of my life, I've reached a point creatively where I'm looking forward to working on something new. The powers that be at Blizzard have been gracious enough to give me that opportunity. Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be moving off of the Diablo III project and transitioning elsewhere within Blizzard. This decision was not an easy one for me, and not one I made quickly, but ultimately it's what I feel is right."
Wilson also assured fans that the decision "will not negatively impact our ongoing support of Diablo III" and went on to detail some of the patches and improvements that will be implemented in the game in the coming weeks.
He also acknowledged some of the fallout from the game's less-than-solid launch, saying, "I know some of you feel we fell short of our promise to release the game 'when it's ready.' While we're not perfect, we try to make the best decisions we can with the information and knowledge we have at the time. That doesn't mean we always make the right decisions, but if we made a mistake then I feel we've made an exceptional effort to correct it. This is what you can always count on from Blizzard: that we will stand by our games and make every effort to continually improve them over time."
Wilson ended by saying that Diablo fans were "the most passionate, dedicated group of gamers a designer could hope to have."
The post did not specify what his new role at Blizzard would be or what future projects he would be working on.
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Well I hope he at least learned alot from his time working on Diablo III, and doesn't make the same mistakes.
Of course we are talking about Blizzard here; they'll make a whole slew of new ones as per their 'trial & error' way of handling things.
best of luck to him, all the interviews with him i've seen he has been humble and polite and showed real passion for diablo, will be interested to see where he goes and if anything drastically different happens to diablo in the near future.
Judging by how bad Diablo 3 turned out, I hope Blizzard puts him in a corner and tells him to think about what he's done.
New position: Janitor.
What a loser
See ya fella!
If rumors are true and Blizzard is working on a new MMO, I really hope Jay Wilson is a part of it. I really liked the control scheme for D3 as well as the leveling and skill systems. I know there were alot of questions about it, but it's really nice being able to swap out my 6 active skills and 3 passives at any time i want and completely change up my play style. That level of customization on a whim was a great idea, imho, and bringing that kind of thinking to a new IP would be beneficial. Good work and good luck!
I really think people made too much of a deal over it. I do think it was a deal, but not as much as it had blown up.
Bet his next position is as the doorman for Buzzard HQ entrance. Or Kotic's Limo driver. Now that's a creative project to tackle.
Wish nothing but the best for the man. Seven years on a single (video game) project... that's nothing to scoff at.