Blizzard’s Jay Wilson Leaving Diablo III

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Yesterday, Diablo III director Jay Wilson announced that he was leaving the project to move onto something new within Blizzard. Behold:

“I recently celebrated my seven-year anniversary working on Diablo III, and while it’s been one of the most challenging and rewarding periods of my life, 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.”

It’s not clear what’s next for Wilson, as he doesn’t quite specify the project he’s moving to. It could be anything. Anything! What could it be? I don’t know.

Wilson goes on in his post more or less apologizing for the missteps that Diablo III has taken in its launch, though that seems like a less-than-stellar way to peace out:

“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.”

That is not the best way to take a victory lap.

Anyway, Wilson’s out, and Blizzard will soon figure out who’s in. Stay tuned for more as we find out where Wilson’s going, and who’s replacing him.

Blizzard via Polygon

  1. expected, its was quite amazing that the outcry with d3 was silenced but it seems to have hit home for mr. wilson who seems like he had to get this statement approved before release

    . This seems to be that he has lost his will to try and create, to me it seems he just wants to disappear and eventually leave the company, maybe he’ll joing the makers of ex blizzard employees, you know the ones who made torchlight.

    • You mean join forces with the same guy to which he said and I quote : ” He can fuck off” on twitter?

      • The team responsible for Diablo 3 are a bunch of assholes, their game is a piece of crap and when Brevik said he was displeased with the current game they all bunched up to cyber bully him, so it’s not surprising that they would tell any of the Schaefer bros to fuck off.

  2. ^ I hope he does not leave blizzard I don’t want another game like torch light ! I hope he helps out with there new mmorpg coming out :) but it must be the most amazing game I have ever seen in my life too leave the world of warcraft haha

  3. I wanted to read this article, I really did. But my god. That is one high def picture. Seriously, I think I can see every pore in his face.

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