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.