Blizzard Searching for New Diablo 3 Art Director

By Aaron Linde, Aug 07, 2008 11:09am PDT Update: Blizzard has provided more information on the listing, telling Shacknews that "this change won't impact the game... we're really pleased with the look and feel that Brian helped create for Diablo III."

Original Story: A new job posting on developer Blizzard Entertainment's website reveals that the company is looking to recruit a new art director for their anticipated hack-and-slash sequel Diablo III (PC).

The listing, pointed out by Kotaku, follows reports of a number of fans dissatisfied by Diablo III's brighter color palette as compared against the darker, less saturated look of previous Diablo titles. The new hire would presumably replace current Diablo III art team lead Brian Morrisroe.

While it is not immediately clear whether Morrisroe has left the company, it appears unlikely that the posting is a direct result of the fan response to Diablo III's current art direction; other Blizzard staffers such as designer Jay Wilson and lead producer Keith Lee have reaffirmed the team's commitment to the new art style, pointing out its practical and technical merits.

Shacknews has contacted Blizzard for clarification, and will update as soon as more information is made available.

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  • People, have some respect for those working in Blizzard. It has been more than 10 years and the company has made games that are nearly the best and most played games in the earth. See as Diablo I, II and Starcraft, or WOW.

    This company has talent, that means, they don't sit in their computers and start doing shit.

    I can accept that the game seems somewhat different from previous versions, but it is clear that, were other eras, other graphical libraries and other graphics system. Now they profit even more than we used to see and people just do the wrong thing: personal attacks.

    It isn't good for the company that their lead designer leaves. This will be noticeable on the game, you will see it. Maybe we will see radical changes, maybe not, but so far, I guess what we must do is suggest, just that and help them to make what we want to play in the next, 5 years?