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Diablo 3's Senior Producer Quits, Leaves Blizzard

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This may be good news, it may be bad news, or it may be nothing at all.

On January 20, Diablo 3 Senior Producer Steve Parker announced via Twitter that he's no longer working at Blizzard or on the upcoming PC game. Without specifying a reason for his departure, Parker added that he had a great 5 years working at the studio, and that "those guys are going to [do a great job] with Diablo [3]."

Later on via Twitter, Parker made references to "bigger and better things" and said that he'll announce what he's doing next through the social website. Yet he still didn't mention anything about his reasons for departure this late in the game's development. That said, eyes are now looking to game director Jay Wilson's official update made on Friday.

As specified in his update last week, the team is making changes to Diablo 3's core systems based on feedback by internal testing and those participating in the closed beta test. These changes include removing the Scroll of Identification, removing the Mystic artisan, removing the Cauldron of Jordan and the Nephalem Cube, and more. Thanks to the update, all previous speculation that the game was nearing completion was suddenly kicked out the door.

"While working on Diablo 3 we've been called out for messing around with systems too much, that the game is good as-is and we should just release it," Wilson said. "I think that's a fair argument to make, but I also think it's incorrect. Our job isn't just to put out a game, it's to release the next Diablo game."

So what happened to Parker? Did he get fed up and simply quit his job? We'll likely not find out until long after the game reaches retail shelves. In the meantime, Blizzard is now looking for another Senior Producer for Diablo 3 here.

"The Diablo III team is looking for a highly organized individual with outstanding communication, and project management skills," reads the job description. "The ideal candidate has prior experience in game development, and has a keen knowledge of how each discipline operates and interacts. Self-direction and follow-up skills are a must, as well as the ability to anticipate production issues, and find effective solutions. The candidate must enjoy seeing a project from inception to completion and delivering games on time with the highest quality."

Diablo 3 is slated for an early 2012 release, but if Blizzard is currently looking for someone to fill the Senior Producer boots, then we may not see the game until 2Q12, possibly later. Cross your fingers that's not the case.

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    lashabane , January 24, 2012 5:20 AM
    kcorp2003so Q2 2013?

    We'll get there when we get there.
    Don't make me turn this car around!
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    v3nom777 , January 24, 2012 7:30 AM
    Scroll of identification gone!? I loved seeing if the huge axe I lugged around in my inventory for the duration of a mission was actually worth something. Apparently your character in Diablo is now also, on top of being warrior, also an antique and magical weapons expert.

    I think I just vomited in my mouth a little.
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    stm1185 , January 24, 2012 5:03 AM
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    The candidate must enjoy seeing a project from inception to completion and delivering games on time with the highest quality.


    Then why would he want to work on Diablo III, a game that should be way past half done and almost certainly wont be delivered on time.
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    lashabane , January 24, 2012 5:06 AM
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    Diablo 3 is slated for an early 2012 release, but if Blizzard is currently looking for someone to fill the Senior Producer boots, then we may not see the game until 2Q12, possibly later. Cross your fingers that's not the case

    I'm sure there's a lot of qualified people clamoring to get this position already so a push back over one team member isn't very likely.
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    kcorp2003 , January 24, 2012 5:17 AM
    so Q2 2013?
  • 21 Hide
    lashabane , January 24, 2012 5:20 AM
    kcorp2003so Q2 2013?

    We'll get there when we get there.
    Don't make me turn this car around!
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    mrkdilkington , January 24, 2012 5:29 AM
    Why wouldn't they just promote someone internally? Seems like it would be quite a task to come in this late and produce it.
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    kcorp2003 , January 24, 2012 5:46 AM
    lashabaneWe'll get there when we get there.Don't make me turn this car around!


    yes sir. lol

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    kcorp2003 , January 24, 2012 5:51 AM
    stm1185Then why would he want to work on Diablo III, a game that should be way past half done and almost certainly wont be delivered on time.


    agreed. i'm pretty sure he's still under a non-disclosure agreement.
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    billybobser , January 24, 2012 6:41 AM
    removed scroll of identification eh.

    While they were tedious, it added a bit of excitement to see what you finally got. So I can imagine those testing the game are probably players from WoW who want everything easy.
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    lothdk , January 24, 2012 6:50 AM
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    The candidate must enjoy seeing a project from inception to completion and delivering games on time with the highest quality.


    Really Blizzard?
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    v3nom777 , January 24, 2012 7:30 AM
    Scroll of identification gone!? I loved seeing if the huge axe I lugged around in my inventory for the duration of a mission was actually worth something. Apparently your character in Diablo is now also, on top of being warrior, also an antique and magical weapons expert.

    I think I just vomited in my mouth a little.
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2012 7:50 AM
    "Streamlining" "Balancing" and "Simplifying" are the mantra these days at Blizzard. Makes for pretty looking, idiot proof games that tend to lose my interest in about a week these last couple releases. Lowest common denominator is where all the money is though so can't really blame em. meh
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    alidan , January 24, 2012 7:56 AM
    v3nom777Scroll of identification gone!? I loved seeing if the huge axe I lugged around in my inventory for the duration of a mission was actually worth something. Apparently your character in Diablo is now also, on top of being warrior, also an antique and magical weapons expert.I think I just vomited in my mouth a little.


    well think of it this way, your character should be well versed in the weapons/items they use, and should be able to identify something as being good or not. its possible that many of the stats could be revield off the bat, but special ones that you are unfamiliar with would need an expert.

    really the scrolls were just a pain to always have with me and always take up space, especially when there is next to no space in those games to go around.
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    Goldengoose , January 24, 2012 8:22 AM
    alidanwell think of it this way, your character should be well versed in the weapons/items they use, and should be able to identify something as being good or not. its possible that many of the stats could be revield off the bat, but special ones that you are unfamiliar with would need an expert. really the scrolls were just a pain to always have with me and always take up space, especially when there is next to no space in those games to go around.

    I understand it will make things easier and yes the scrolls were annoying (along with town portal scrolls). however i hope this isn't a step which blizzard will quite often take where they start to make things easier and more straight forward to capture the casual gamer. It's only a small change but i hope it's not a trend we will see continue.
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    Zeh , January 24, 2012 8:33 AM
    I think he got Religious or spiritual or something like that. "Bigger and better" things? He most likely thinks he found God, or wants to help people (which you gotta admit, would be a better thing).

    In other words, he's nuts.
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    Novuake , January 24, 2012 10:47 AM
    What exactly can be "bigger and better" than working at Blizzard!?
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    alidan , January 24, 2012 10:47 AM
    GoldengooseI understand it will make things easier and yes the scrolls were annoying (along with town portal scrolls). however i hope this isn't a step which blizzard will quite often take where they start to make things easier and more straight forward to capture the casual gamer. It's only a small change but i hope it's not a trend we will see continue.


    meh, they could just go with a titan quest approach, which isnt bad, unlimited portals, but only one at a time. and just not have the identify stuff because whats the realistic point?

    i mean to make sense in a game setting, are you telling me a trained warrior is going to pick up a browse sword, and a sword that is so powerful it would make him a living god, that he uses both and sees no difference at all until he is told how good it is?

    i could understand if they added a new mechanic to the game where you get tought each stat one by one and pay for it, one by one so you can spot them on your own...

    but this isnt over simplifying the game, its just taking some useless meta game out of the equation (tell me that any time passed level 10 you ever had trouble getting enough scrolls to fill a book)
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    Formata , January 24, 2012 10:47 AM
    mrkdilkingtonWhy wouldn't they just promote someone internally? Seems like it would be quite a task to come in this late and produce it.


    My thoughts exactly... No one on the dev team up to the producer role? Surely a D3 dev team member, who has been working on the game would be a more logical choice. This is a weird development, maybe it really is further away than we think :( 
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2012 10:54 AM
    Now everything makes dense. We suffer because they have internal issues.
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    ArgleBargle , January 24, 2012 10:54 AM
    kcorp2003so Q2 2013?


    FormataMy thoughts exactly... No one on the dev team up to the producer role? Surely a D3 dev team member, who has been working on the game would be a more logical choice. This is a weird development, maybe it really is further away than we think


    Hell, I'd be happy with the next SC2 installment...
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    NuclearShadow , January 24, 2012 11:34 AM
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    Later on via Twitter, Parker made references to "bigger and better things"


    That is a bit of a large claim. Something bigger and better than Diablo III? I certainly wouldn't bet on whatever hes going for as being such. Remember what happened last time this happened with former Blizzard employees left to go on their own? Hell-Gate London happened.

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    The candidate must enjoy seeing a project from inception to completion and delivering games on time


    This almost sounds like they are taking a jab at Steve Parker as he both left early and the game will be late.
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