Diablo III‘s Jay Wilson has stepped down from his position as Game Director. In his letter to the Diablo III forums, Wilson says he is moving on to other projects within Blizzard. He has worked on D3 for seven years, but feels it’s time for him to move on.
“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,” Wilson wrote in the forum letter. “The powers that be at Blizzard have been gracious enough to give me that opportunity.”
Wilson promises that development will continue on future improvements for Diablo III and that patch 1.0.7 is moving ahead as planned. He feels like he is leaving Diablo III in good hands as he steps down and he will remain in contact with the development team while Blizzard searches for his replacement as Director. There is no word on what Wilson will be working on in the future, or if he moved on to be part of a specific project or is still looking for something to latch on to.
Under his watch as Game Director, Diablo III was one of the most anticipated games in quite some time. The game did have a rocky launch, and was received with many complaints regarding how a game developer with one of the largest online games in the world could struggle so epicly to launch a title. Despite the pitfalls along the way, Wilson feels that his team did their best to provide a great game.
“I’m proud of Diablo III, and despite our differences at times I will miss the community that has formed around it,” he wrote. “I feel I have made many mistakes in managing that relationship, but my intent was always to provide a great gaming experience, and be as open and receptive as possible, while still sticking true to the vision the Diablo team has for the game.”