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Drama Storm Brews Between Generations of Diablo Game Devs

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Diablo III game director says, "F*** that loser" to the creator of the franchise.

Last weekend at Gamescom, Incgamers caught up with Diablo I and II mastermind / Gazillion Entertainment CEO David Brevik for an interview regarding his thoughts on Diablo III. "It was a very different game than I would have created," Brevik explained.

"The team and personalities, the people, the talent and all the design philosophies of the people that worked on it in Irvine, we called them Blizzard South, those people have their own style and the their own way they like to design. It was very, very different from the Blizzard North."

Despite its popularity and record sales, Diablo III has continually faced criticism from the franchise's biggest fans. Amongst the pressure of dwindling players and today's big 1.0.4 patch, it seems like mild criticism from the creator of the franchise hit a little too close to home for some of the Diablo III team. 

In a status update mentioning the interview from Diablo III technical artist Chris Haga, Jay Wilson commented a cold, "F*** that loser." Screenshots were taken and the comment echo'd throughout the internet, heating up arguments between Diablo III critics and fans. In response to Wilson's comment, CEO of Red 5 and Diablo II producer Mark Kern tweeted,

"Gotta say, that Jay Wilson, never having been at Blizzard for D1 and D2 and never having met Dave Brevik, has no place to say what he did."

"Dave Brevik created 2 genre-busting, award winning, world-loved Diablo games. Jay Wilson has done ____ with Diablo 3. Fill in the blanks."

"Blizzard arrogance has reached new heights,"

Since the closing of Blizzard North in 2005, Brevik has worked on titles such as Torchlight and is currently developing the highly anticipated Marvel Heroes. Representing Gazillion Entertainment's stance on the matter, VP of Marketing Leo Olebe commented, "We admire Blizzard and Blizzard games. David was asked about Diablo 3 and gave his honest opinion and we stand by him 100%. Marvel Heroes is David’s vision and is the spiritual successor to Diablo 2. We’ll be in closed beta soon, so visit MarvelHeroes.com if you want to check it out.”

How do you feel about the exchange? Was Wilson's comment out of line, or was Brevik's Blizzard South commentary too harsh?

 

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    hotroderx , August 22, 2012 6:00 AM
    Blizzard use to be a good company but seriously bashing a former employee on a public website like that is uncalled for. Seriously D3 development team needs to grow up.
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    lunaticwoda , August 22, 2012 6:10 AM
    Dear jay and Jill
    Jill your a ignorant fuck with no talent other than to wow the game up as much as possible. Jay dont let your corporate buddies fool you. YOU didnt create the most selling game of all time DAVID DID. This game could of been done with fucking stick figures and we would of STILL bought it. We hoped for good gameplay (its adequet at best) we hoped for an amazing story line to finish this game Metzen hasn't had talent in now over a decade. The game is bad the story is pitiful unless your a mindless drone. Thiz blizzard team management are just a bunch of corprate cock sucking idiots with no talent.
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    capt_taco , August 22, 2012 5:54 AM
    Between the always-online crap and the decision to go all-out for multiplayer, there was so much wrong with this game from the get-go that I was barely interested in it. And I spent so much time on Diablo II that I nearly failed out of college. He took the series straight off the cliff.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 5:47 AM
    Diablo 3 Was great the first time through it. Struggled to keep interested to finish Inferno.....Now it's just boring trash. Paragon. What a lame attempt to keep people playing.

    Diablo 2 Still great.

    I wonder who should be f*@#ed
  • 25 Hide
    gorz , August 22, 2012 5:52 AM
    IMO Blizzard hasn't made a good game since warcraft 3
  • 26 Hide
    capt_taco , August 22, 2012 5:54 AM
    Between the always-online crap and the decision to go all-out for multiplayer, there was so much wrong with this game from the get-go that I was barely interested in it. And I spent so much time on Diablo II that I nearly failed out of college. He took the series straight off the cliff.
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    hotroderx , August 22, 2012 6:00 AM
    Blizzard use to be a good company but seriously bashing a former employee on a public website like that is uncalled for. Seriously D3 development team needs to grow up.
  • 22 Hide
    iknowhowtofixit , August 22, 2012 6:08 AM
    I wish there was a way to get a partial refund for D3. At least 50% would be fair, I think. Wait, is Blizzard going to sue me for writing that here?
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    lunaticwoda , August 22, 2012 6:10 AM
    Dear jay and Jill
    Jill your a ignorant fuck with no talent other than to wow the game up as much as possible. Jay dont let your corporate buddies fool you. YOU didnt create the most selling game of all time DAVID DID. This game could of been done with fucking stick figures and we would of STILL bought it. We hoped for good gameplay (its adequet at best) we hoped for an amazing story line to finish this game Metzen hasn't had talent in now over a decade. The game is bad the story is pitiful unless your a mindless drone. Thiz blizzard team management are just a bunch of corprate cock sucking idiots with no talent.
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    bebangs , August 22, 2012 6:23 AM
    F*ck that loser - referring to Jay Wilson.
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    apogaios , August 22, 2012 6:28 AM
    Nice one, Jay. You tub of lard.
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    BigBodZod , August 22, 2012 6:32 AM
    lunaticwodaDear jay and JillJill your a ignorant fuck with no talent other than to wow the game up as much as possible. Jay dont let your corporate buddies fool you. YOU didnt create the most selling game of all time DAVID DID. This game could of been done with fucking stick figures and we would of STILL bought it. We hoped for good gameplay (its adequet at best) we hoped for an amazing story line to finish this game Metzen hasn't had talent in now over a decade. The game is bad the story is pitiful unless your a mindless drone. Thiz blizzard team management are just a bunch of corprate cock sucking idiots with no talent.



    The only reson I'm giving D3 a one, is beacuase, the voices where pretty good.

    But that's it!!!

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    Pennanen , August 22, 2012 7:28 AM
    Blizzard, bioware, dice... so many good developers turning bad lately.
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    deicided , August 22, 2012 7:56 AM
    PennanenBlizzard, bioware, dice... so many good developers turning bad lately.


    Blame EA for the Dice one. Sticking their sticky fingers in dev matters trying to squeeze as much as possible out of the BF franchise and trying way to hard to convert CoD players to massive, open, strategic and team base gameplay and looked what happened to the final result.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 7:57 AM
    Seriously people is disappointment so hard to take. Instead of a great game we got a above average game. Diablo 3 will probably never fill the shoes of 2. To say the game is unplayable is childish. The story is terrible, the lag sucked in the begining, the seperate levels of difficulty are unimaginitive and everyone seems to play similar characters. What kills me about d3 is the lack of a generally creepy atmosphere. It really felt like th dev made sanctuary into a bad joke. What they did do right is gameplay and animation. You can tell the amount of work that went into those mechanics. I gave blizzard my 60 bucks. I played for probably 100 hours. Overall I was disappointed. Do I hate blizzard? No. Will I preorder another blizzard game blindly based on it being a beloved sequel? Probably not.
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    SirTrollsALot , August 22, 2012 8:46 AM
    'Gonna say it again, games are suck this year... Im having more fun reading all the replies to forums like these about everyone else whom are sick and tired of these mega publishers ruining everything for the rest of us... I think twice or even three times before I invest in any title here on... I can't wait for the next generation of game designers to come... But they dont exist yet? Anyways F.U. Bliz, EA, Activision!!!!
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    w0_od , August 22, 2012 9:08 AM
    meh i am sure in the end of the day the current team will be laughing their way all to the bank. D3 is not much of a game as an expansion to d2. And that it sells and sells so well shows you that gamers are not the majority of the community. Pointless to argue against the tidal wave of the lowest common denominator.
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    mazty , August 22, 2012 9:14 AM
    D3 was clearly an attempt to make a pay-to-win game with the auction house and now blizz are terrified that their server overheads won't be covered hence all the patches. Bad idea from the start, useless launch and the result is a game which was about the items now being about a virtual auction house.

    We need these modern devs & publishers to all go bust as they have clearly lost touch with the gaming community: Bioware, Blizzard, Activision, EA.
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    mazty , August 22, 2012 9:16 AM
    w0_odmeh i am sure in the end of the day the current team will be laughing their way all to the bank. D3 is not much of a game as an expansion to d2. And that it sells and sells so well shows you that gamers are not the majority of the community. Pointless to argue against the tidal wave of the lowest common denominator.

    Not really as they have a lot of servers to pay for. They were probably relying on r/l auctions to generate a profit rather then just the game. There's a reason they've been rush-releasing patches; if they were already financially stable they wouldn't need to try so hard.
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    sixdegree , August 22, 2012 9:17 AM
    Jay Wilson is so edgy and cold, he could fit in any high school in short amount of time.
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    sten_gn , August 22, 2012 10:02 AM
    RIP Diablo 3 - i have played it and i am disappointed ! There are some nice ideas but overall it is just another weak sh!t of great series.
    Blizzard-Activision have wasted time. Over 10 years and for nothing.
    Fortunately i only play on "starter" for free.
    Single player on-line almost totally idiotic.
    Always on-line multiplayer is a joke, only 4 players.
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    The_Trutherizer , August 22, 2012 10:14 AM
    Well the record sales were mostly due to pre-purchases as far as I know and therefore carried 100% by the franchise reputation that Brevik helped to establish. What people thought they were buying was a better Diablo II, but instead they got a complete bastard game. Williams is a berk if you ask me.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 10:51 AM
    Metacritic user score for Diablo 3 = 3.8
    Metacritic user score for Hellgate = 6.2

    Maybe blizzard needs to redefine what constitutes success....
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