Jay Wilson Stepping Down As Diablo 3 Game Director

Jay Wilson today announced that, in the coming weeks, he will be stepping down as Diablo 3‘s Game Director and moving onto other projects within Blizzard.

This announcement came via a forum post, in which Wilson expressed his gratitude to Blizzard and the community for the experience, his regret that he and his team did not make all of the best decisions for D3, and his belief that transitioning onto other projects is the right decision for him. He said:

“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.”

While this news came as a surprise, perhaps even more surprising is that Blizzard is willing to consider an outside hire to replace Wilson as Game Director:

“To that point, you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a job posting for a game director on Diablo III, as we want to make sure we explore every opportunity to find the best possible leadership for the project. We’re looking forward to finding this person and hearing what kind of fresh ideas they can bring to the table.”

Wilson assured fans that Diablo 3 will not be negatively impacted by his departure.

This certainly comes as good news to many of those who were disappointed with Diablo 3, as Wilson was made to shoulder the brunt of the blame, whether he deserved to or not.

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3 Comments on Jay Wilson Stepping Down As Diablo 3 Game Director

Aedelric

On January 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Seven years to create a mediocre click-fest game that was highly unstable upon release and still lacking the promised team deathmatch, missing endgame content and various other advertised features. (Video below has a nice list.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyQUPAFV5ng

I am amazed they just relocated him rather than fire his sorry ass.

Dratkin

On January 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Diablo 2 = Best ARPG ever
Titan Quest = 2nd Best ARPG ever
These will never be beaten I don’t think.

Diablo 3 is probably number 3 which is a bit ironic.
Fourth Place for me anyway is the PS2 game Champions of Norrath.
Torchlight round out fifth and sixth place.

Just my opinion.

maxrob

On January 18, 2013 at 8:47 am

ur mistaking dratkin new Arpg’s are comming out soon path of exile, and grim dawn from the creators of titan quest