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Jay Wilson No Longer in Diablo 3 Team

​Word has spread like wildfire that Jay Wilson, Game Director on Diablo III, has decided to switch projects inside Blizzard Entertainment. News has been arrived via Diablo 3 Forums and, as you'd expect it, it has sparked various reactions from fans:

The first thing I want to assure you all is that this will not negatively impact our ongoing support of Diablo III. The game was not made by one person, far from it, and the team that poured their passion and considerable talent into it isn't going anywhere. We have lots of things planned for the future, and those plans will carry forward as normal. I also won't be abandoning the team, and will remain available to them during the transition period while we determine who will take over duties as game director.

To that point, you shouldn't be surprised if you see a job posting for a game director on Diablo III, as we want to make sure we explore every opportunity to find the best possible leadership for the project. We're looking forward to finding this person and hearing what kind of fresh ideas they can bring to the table.

I'm proud of Diablo III, and despite our differences at times I will miss the community that has formed around it. I feel I have made many mistakes in managing that relationship, but my intent was always to provide a great gaming experience, and be as open and receptive as possible, while still sticking true to the vision the Diablo team has for the game.

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.

Read on.

BluesNews via IncGamers.

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Reader Comments
Whisky Jan 18 2013, 04:26 pm EST
Resume notes:

Launched most anticipated game of 2012 then made gamers wait 2 days after purchase to play it.

Took said game and continually tinkered with gameplay until all fun was officially removed.

Pioneered massively bullshit online auction system to sell useless virtual items to noobs.
Breedy_Mcfluff Jan 19 2013, 01:25 am EST
"Fuck that loser," Jay Wilson said about the David Breivik, a designer of the original Diablo games, who had said he would've done things differently.

Dude is an asshole.
Cheddar Jan 19 2013, 05:41 am EST
At this point it's a matter of objective fact that D3 has not been the success that D2 was. Breivik failed miserably with Hellgate, but that doesn't change the fact that he got results with the Diablo IP plainly superior to Wilson's results.

Anyway, I'm really not surprised at Wilson moving elsewhere within the studio. He is strongly disliked amongst a large chunk of D3's community, and D3's player-base has been in sharp decline lately... which has to have shot-callers at Blizzard disgruntled, considering they planned on D3 being the same enduring juggernaut D2 remained for years after release, and that vision is no longer on track.

Moving the fan-unpopular Wilson elsewhere is likely a decision that has been made for Wilson, not by Wilson. it's an olive branch being extended to the D3 community as Blizzard tries to figure out how to get their plans for the IP back on course.
Barzenak42 Jan 19 2013, 06:47 am EST
I went in guns blazing with D3 only to find it i s very light on fun and heavy on boredom. I loved D2 but this one is the first Blizz game that I was totally underwhelmed with. I quit WoW as the panda thing sucks and moved on . Only Starcraft 2 keeps my interest for now.
Terminator Jan 19 2013, 09:40 am EST
Is Wilson the "genius" that wanted 'always online' DRM in Diablo 3? If so, then I say good riddance. Keep him on WoW and other MMO games. Let us SINGLE PLAYER gamers play OFFLINE!
  LostPcGamer: Amen preach it man. He used the excuse of item sellin…
Cheddar: The DRM works, you two. I very much doubt Blizzard r…
LostPcGamer: Doesn't matter till that drm is gone I'm not touching…
Cheddar: Well, that goes without saying, doesn't it? Because …
daver18qc Jan 19 2013, 10:13 am EST
I saw an emulator for diablo 3 on the torrents recently, didnt even bother, will keep playing Torchlight 2 that i paid 20$ for and not a single regret.
  Whisky: I got it for $10 on a Steam sale and still haven't pl…
Cheddar Jan 20 2013, 01:49 am EST
There's been an emulator out for Diablo 3 since June. And it's been broken and worthless since June.

protip: when a DRM dodging server emulator says it's "still in development" in the torrent description, you can safely assume that means its garbage


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