Diablo 3 director steps down, moving on to next Blizzard project

By John Keefer, Jan 17, 2013 2:00pm PST

It's been seven years of Hell for Diablo 3 Game Director Jay Wilson, and he has had enough. The designer has decided to step down from the position at Blizzard and move on to another project within the company.

In a blog post to fans, Wilson said the period of time working on the game has been "both challenging and rewarding," but he felt that he needed to do something else. "I've reached a point creatively where I'm looking forward to working on something new. The powers that be at Blizzard have been gracious enough to give me that opportunity. Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be moving off of the Diablo III project and transitioning elsewhere within Blizzard. This decision was not an easy one for me, and not one I made quickly, but ultimately it's what I feel is right."

He acknowledged creative differences with the community, probably some of the most vocal fans in the game industry, and said while the game wasn't perfect, "I'm proud of Diablo 3." He said he will miss the passion and dedication of the fans. "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."

He said his departure should not have a negative effect on the game, and that a job posting for his position should be appearing on the Blizzard site. The company will be looking for "the best possible leadership" to continue to evolve the game and make it better, he said. The latest 1.0.7 patch is already on the public test realm and is bringing a ton of changes to the game.

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