Posted on January 29, 2013, CJ Miozzi Blizzard: “Diablo 3 Needs to Be A Better Game”
After Jay Wilson stepped down as Diablo 3′s Game Director, the community has been speculating on the future of the game. Speaking on the diablofans forums, Blizzard community manager Vaneras clarified the company’s stance on the game’s development, including an admission of its faults and a hint at its future direction.
For those hoping for D3 to become more like its predecessor, Vaneras had some bad news:
“We stated several times right from the start that Diablo III is its own game, that we never intended for it to be an HD version of Diablo II. We acknowledge that Diablo III needs to be a better game, and we intend to make it so, but you should never expect it to be turned into Diablo II.
“In my personal opinion, a great sequel pays homage to its predecessors and at the same moves forward with new content. It is fairly normal though, that sequels replace features from predecessors with new features, and I can of course agree that it is an issue if those new features fall short of what is intended.”
Vaneras went on to suggest that there’s a long road ahead to get D3 to a place where everyone will be happy:
“We still feel Diablo III is a good game, and despite the shaky release, we still see that there are many people out there who enjoy and play the game.
“I know that Diablo III is not what everyone wanted it to be, that there are some people who are so disappointed that they are only able to voice their frustrations through hyperbole, and for those people there is little I can do or say to help ease their minds.
“All I can say is that we are trying to make Diablo III the best game that it can be, but some things take more times to improve than others. I totally understand if this is hard to accept for some people.”
How much time are you willing to give Blizzard? Or have you already left for good?