Blizzard CCO upset at gamer celebration over Wilson's departure
Posted: 21.01.2013 07:02 by Comments: 12
A few days ago, Jay Wilson announced that he was stepping down as creative director of Diablo III, and for the most part, the forums celebrated the fact he was leaving.

This did not sit well with Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo, who vociferously defended Wilson in the official forum, and asked gamers to blame him for the game's faults, not Wilson.

Pardo wrote:

This thread saddens me greatly. I know that the forums have earned a reputation for rough justice, but I do not believe justice is being served by how people are speaking about Jayís departure from Diablo III.

I am very proud of the Diablo franchise and what the team was able to accomplish with Diablo III. As a gamer I have enjoyed the game and played for many, many nights with friends and family. Iím not, however, going to use that as an excuse. The Diablo community deserves an even better game from Blizzard and we are committed to improving it. We have a talented team in place and have no intention of stopping work on Diablo III until it is the best game in the franchise.

Iím the only person in this thread who has actually worked with Jay. I hired Jay to head up the Diablo project and had the pleasure of getting to work with him, both in building the team and designing the game. He has great design instincts and has added so much to the franchise with his feel for visceral combat, boss battles, and an unparalleled knack for making it fun to smash bad guys. Iíve worked with many, many designers at Blizzard and Jay is one of the best. He has a great career at Blizzard ahead of him and I guarantee that you will enjoy Jayís game designs in future Blizzard games.

If you love Diablo as much as we do, then please continue to let us know how you feel we can improve the game. If you still feel the need to dish out blame, then I would prefer you direct it at me. I was the executive producer on the project; I hired Jay and I gave him advice and direction throughout the development process. I was ultimately responsible for the game we released and take full responsibility for the quality of the result.

Pardo might have been protecting Wilson by taking the blame, but one has to wonder who had the dev team spending time on ancillary features like the real money auction house instead of end game content.
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By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 21, 2013
Congrats you`re one of the very few people that are "proud" of the way the Diablo franchise is atm and from what you are saying we should also hate you for it`s dissapointments,you really should have just stayed in the shadows about this methinks.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 21, 2013
Called "covering my arse", this letter from Pardo should be taken with a pinch of salt, and like Wilson tossed over the shoulder never to be heard from again. Alas, he will be to mess up some other future title.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 21, 2013
He'll be back...all I can hope is that it isn't connected to a franchise I love.
By Chris_Spray (SI Member) on Jan 21, 2013
He has just been hired as lead developer for Civilization VI.

Just kidding.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 21, 2013
That would be incredibly awful! I still have hopes they'll deliver a better one ^^
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jan 21, 2013

Couldn`t have said it better myself,though there is fun to be had playing the game nothing will ever change the fact that it`s a disappointment.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Jan 21, 2013
I agree, the game can't really be changed anymore. There is fun to have in the game, and I have spent, and will spend many more hours on the game, though it could really have been much-much better graphic wise, and some other features as well. But overall, I don't regret buying the game.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 21, 2013
Bleh, you silly people. Get Torchlight II, it does it SO much better for less.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 21, 2013
Or for something a little different, Post-Apocalyptic Sweden in "Krater". Not a s polished as "Torchlight II", but still a bit of fun in an unusual setting.
By wolfsrain (SI Member) on Jan 22, 2013
If Rob Pardo wants to take resposnibility, why does he not resigns??! I mean, that's taking responsibility when you've messed up so big in the corporate world...

Oh, wait! He still tricked everyone to give the company a s..tload of money....
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
I read such a fun description on the many faults with the Diablo 3 game that I was glad I had actually played the game since the game took more or less and killed the entire setup in a very angry and funny way.

he lamented that Diablo 3 was √ľber-simplified both in terms of gameplay and having no real choices of making a character cause once it got really tough - only a few setups actually worked to play with and that the story was so simplified and stupid with the demons coming up to you and telling you where they were, how to defeat them etc etc. Very funny.

I can understand that you have to defend a person who gets singled out, but on the other hand, if anyone made this fall on his lap - Jay seems to have placed himself perfectly in harms way by loads of comments and outbursts - on par with what he did to Diablo 3...