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Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III

The Diablo III Forums have an announcement from Jay Wilson that he is transitioning away from Diablo III to a different project within Blizzard (thanks IncGamers). He expresses pride in the project he's spent seven years on, though he has often served as a lightning rod for fan reactions to the game and how its design departed from previous installments in the action/RPG series. Here's a bit on what this means for the future:

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.

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8. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 19:51 Wallshadows
 
Plot twist: Blizzard rehires David Brevik.  
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It says on your chart that you're fucked up. Ah, you talk like a fag, and your shit's all retarded.
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7. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 19:38 Snapdad
 
Best wishes, Shade.
 
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6. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 19:38 Axis
 
Shame, that guy made all my predictions come true and all the fanboys look like idiots. Love that guy!  
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Yours truly,

Axis
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5. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 19:36 The Half Elf
 
At the end of the day who had the final say on Diablo 3?

That being said, who wants to place bets that he's in charge of Titan?
 
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"I've never seen a feature like this before. It warms your ass. It's wonderful" -Walter Bishop
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4. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 19:30 Sempai
 
While i don't know this guy, i appreciate the honesty in his statement. I think we forget the fact alot of people in the industry are just like us, hardcore gamer's who want the very best quality and experience this hobby of ours has to offer. I think Blizzard still tries to do that. But as we all know with Activision's presence, design choices are bound to get jacked. I enjoyed Diablo 3 and still do occasionally, but i also agree with some of Cutter's points.

I do NOT agree being forced to login to Bnet in order to play my games, which is usually alone. And the AH fiasco was clearly a push for micro-transactions.
 
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3. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 19:28 deqer
 
<Jay> steps down.
<New Guy> steps in.
<New Guy> reports to <Jay>
<Jay> reports back to <New Guy>
<New Guy> proceeds.

So, nothing changed. Okay.
 
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2. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 19:05 Cutter
 
Really? Corrected the online-drm have you? Keeping drop rates artificially low to force people to use the AH so you make money? Seven years for what? A forgettable game that's the Blizzard of old would have shat on wiped their ass with? Yeah, great job, bud.
 
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1. Re: Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III Jan 17, 2013, 18:52 ASeven
 
Fuck that loser.  
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