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Diablo 3 Director Jay Wilson Stepping Down

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Diablo 3's game director is stepping down and moving on to other Blizzard projects.

Diablo III director Jay Wilson announced recently that he's decided to step down from the job, after leading development on the game for seven years running. Make no mistake, Wilson isn't leaving Blizzard. He's just moving away from the Diablo project to work on something else.

Wilson has been at the center of some controversy surrounding the game. Diablo III's reception has been controversial due to technical and gameplay issues along with the slow addition of the beloved PvP mode. During the summer, Wilson came under fire for allegedly remarking "f*** that loser" in regards to comments that David Brevik, one of the co-founders of Blizzard North and creators of the series, made about Diablo III.

Wilson made his farewell announcement via the Battle.net forums, assuring fans that the move wouldn't impact game development. "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," he wrote.

As expected, he was diplomatic about the game's reception. "I'm proud of Diablo III, and despite our differences at times I will miss the community that has formed around it," he stated. "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."

With Diablo III's release a little over a year past, Wilson's replacement's task will be to keep current Diablo III players interested in the game while attracting new players. This is no easy feat, considering that Diablo III's principally shaped to be a single player, non-PvP game. With PvP launching with Patch 1.0.7, there's relatively little content that can still be added to the game to re-energize players and player numbers.

 

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    memadmax , January 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    "we fell short of our promise to release the game "when it's ready.""

    Dude... you guys had 7 years, and I'm willing to wager a boatload of cash to develop a top notch game....
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    iknowhowtofixit , January 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    Maybe we should vote on a new rule that no news is posted about Diablo III until the game is worth playing (which may, in fact, be never).
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    CatfishRes , January 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    TH, you may as well stick with benchmarks and best __ for the money if you're going to be this late with news.
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  • 16 Hide
    CatfishRes , January 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    TH, you may as well stick with benchmarks and best __ for the money if you're going to be this late with news.
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    memadmax , January 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    "we fell short of our promise to release the game "when it's ready.""

    Dude... you guys had 7 years, and I'm willing to wager a boatload of cash to develop a top notch game....
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    iknowhowtofixit , January 22, 2013 3:15 AM
    Maybe we should vote on a new rule that no news is posted about Diablo III until the game is worth playing (which may, in fact, be never).
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    steve360 , January 22, 2013 3:23 AM
    Fuck that loser.

    Whoever replaces JW needs to have their head screwed on correctly.
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    LemonMeringueTy , January 22, 2013 3:39 AM
    Late news is late.
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    dimar , January 22, 2013 3:48 AM
    I hope he doesn't screw up Warcraft 4. It must be perfect in any possible and impossible way!
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    audi911 , January 22, 2013 3:57 AM
    I guess it's only normal to step down from the Diablo franchise after the monumental fail he created.
    I guess his plan is to go butcher and ruin another game.

    Maybe he has his eyes set on making the next Star Craft and burning that game to the ground too.

    He couldn't take the heat anymore and realized how bad the game was. He is leaving now before more dirt hits the fan.

    Shame on him for taking a legendary franchise and having it associated with that 7 year old failure.
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    jhansonxi , January 22, 2013 4:11 AM
    steve360Fuck that loser.Whoever replaces JW needs to have their head screwed on correctly.
    I'm not going to rush to blame him for everything since there's no way to tell how many of the problems were caused by decisions made by his superiors.
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    zander1983 , January 22, 2013 5:05 AM
    CatfishResTH, you may as well stick with benchmarks and best __ for the money if you're going to be this late with news.


    This is the first time I hear about this so I have no idea why the rage. It might be a day later than other sites but so what...
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    thecolorblue , January 22, 2013 5:24 AM
    F#£% that guy

    ...quoted from the Jay Wilson douchebag himself.
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    SirGCal , January 22, 2013 5:25 AM
    They had years, and they didn't listen to even their closed or open beta testers in the earlier process... Pretty much a hard fail any way you cut it.
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    ttcboy , January 22, 2013 5:38 AM
    Soooo..... Jay... Which IP U r going to destroy next ??
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    timw03878 , January 22, 2013 5:47 AM
    Diablo 3 wasn't a failure.

    Stupid people bought it in mass.

    Every financial indicator that a company looks at says the game was a huge success.

    The sheep bought it, which is a huge signal to any developer that they should keep making the games just that way.

    "allegedly remarking" I found that funny...
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    LORD_ORION , January 22, 2013 5:59 AM
    Path of Exile... might as well step down before 1 million people hit that game on Wednesday.
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    rantoc , January 22, 2013 7:05 AM
    SirGCalThey had years, and they didn't listen to even their closed or open beta testers in the earlier process... Pretty much a hard fail any way you cut it.


    Sounds like another software company who don't listen to what the customers want (win8 *cough cough*)
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    rantoc , January 22, 2013 7:11 AM
    timw03878Diablo 3 wasn't a failure.Stupid people bought it in mass.Every financial indicator that a company looks at says the game was a huge success.The sheep bought it, which is a huge signal to any developer that they should keep making the games just that way."allegedly remarking" I found that funny...


    I'm sure that this "success" will lower the number of pre-purchases they will get with future products, their brand took a big hit. From being considered a rock solid developer who always made good quality products where the tons of fans pre-purchased w/o thinking to beeing met with suspicion, read reviews and loose sales. - Success is both short and long-term, short term it was a gain but it will bite them in the ass later!
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    evga_fan , January 22, 2013 7:58 AM
    rantocI'm sure that this "success" will lower the number of pre-purchases they will get with future products, their brand took a big hit. From being considered a rock solid developer who always made good quality products where the tons of fans pre-purchased w/o thinking to beeing met with suspicion, read reviews and loose sales. - Success is both short and long-term, short term it was a gain but it will bite them in the ass later!


    I second this. D3 did infact sell A WHOLE LOT but they only have to thank D1&2 for their sales "success" because that's where the trust and reputation came from (plain and simple). Much like a new Bond movie rides on the success of the previous one, people are going to buy it, as long as the previous one was any good.
    The second you start making crap, you're going to loose a lot of your fanbase. Granted, a portion will always dump money on the product because of the branding (regardless of who's behind it), while others look for the best and don't buy "Nike's" just for the sake of the "Nike's" branding.

    Now it's quite evident to me that he is abandoning ship at this point, leaving a big forestfire for someone else to put out.
    I REALLY fear that as soon as the name "Jay Wilson" even remotely gets associated with any future game, the sales will go down the toilet (again because of history and reputation).
    I'd say, Blizzard would have to get on their knees and bring back the old crew. That's the only way for the order to be restored!
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    hoofhearted , January 22, 2013 10:35 AM
    Wait until the day when they have to bring down the Diablo 3 servers because of lack of players. Then you $60 game will be completely worthless.

    If they would release a patch that would allow offline single player and LAN based multiplayer and get rid of this RMAH crap, I bet their brand would totally save face with gamers.
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    cats_Paw , January 22, 2013 11:04 AM
    LemonMeringueTyLate news is late.


    Then they wont hire him...
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    maxinexus , January 22, 2013 11:37 AM
    Moving on to ruin another game. Loser.
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