Some members of the Diablo 3 team recently had a Facebook tussle with ex-Blizzard member Dave Brevik, who had made critical remarks about the game. Game director Jay Wilson joined in with a particularly scathing remark, but has now issued a public apology to both Brevik and the community.
"As many of you probably know, I recently made a comment on Facebook about Dave Brevik," Wilson says in a post on the Diablo forums. "I want to make it clear that I am very sorry for what I said. I have higher expectations for myself than to express my feelings in such a rash way and disrespect a fellow developer like Dave, someone who deserves to be treated with greater respect."
He went on to say his comment was due to feeling angry and defensive of his team and the game. "People can say what they want about me, but I don't take lightly when they disparage the commitment and passion of the Diablo III team," he said. "It was hard for me to see their contributions be diminished by someone they worked alongside, and even harder for me not to try to jump to their defense. I only wish I'd done so in a more professional manner."
Finally, Wilson closed with an apology to the players in the community as well. "You deserve better than my reaction to Dave's comments. You deserve more honest communication about the game and what we're doing to make it a more awesome experience for us all. We care about Diablo very much, and appreciate your passion for it. Without you, we wouldn't be able to do this, and for that I can't thank you enough."