I wanted all of you to be some of the first to know that I've made an important decision about my future, and how that decision will affect the future of Diablo.
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.
The first thing I want to assure you all is that this will not negatively impact our ongoing support of Diablo III. The game was not made by one person, far from it, and the team that poured their passion and considerable talent into it isn't going anywhere. We have lots of things planned for the future, and those plans will carry forward as normal. I also won't be abandoning the team, and will remain available to them during the transition period while we determine who will take over duties 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.
I'm proud of Diablo III, and despite our differences at times I will miss the community that has formed around it. 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.
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.
This is what you can always count on from Blizzard: that we will stand by our games and make every effort to continually improve them over time. We heard the feedback and suggestions from the community. For example, we agreed that Diablo III's itemization at launch was not good enough, so the team made numerous changes, including changing drop rates, re-tuning legendaries, and adding scores of new items to the game. We also agreed that the end game needed more depth, so the team added new events, and new systems like Monster Power and Paragon levels.
Our commitment to making our games as good as they can be is what has always defined Blizzard as a game studio, and that commitment never ends for us at a ship date. With your help, we'll continue to play, debate, and improve Diablo III, as we've done with every Blizzard game.
To that end, patch 1.0.7 is underway, the PTR is live, and there are many other great things brewing for Diablo in 2013. I'm leaving Diablo III in good hands, and my departure will not jeopardize the progress of the game as we continue to do what we do: listen, play, and improve.
You are the most passionate, dedicated group of gamers a designer could hope to have. I wish you all the best, and want to thank you for making this an amazing experience for me. Keep your axes sharp, your spell books handy, and that crafty devil in check.
Bad decision Jay, just bad... This only shows that you're still too stubborn to actually listen and interact with this community. Even indirectly you fail to keep transparency about where the game is going. You do remember you saying it would be a disaster if PvP was not released before the end of 2012 do you? That's just one example. This community has great ideas for this game, but you refuse to listen. Instead you choose to ignore it. You insult us and you look at us as if we're some clueless monkeys that don't know what they want. You decide for us and that's just bad. This post http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7709120938
perfectly explains it. Why is it locked by the way? I guess the truth hurts.
We're already on the ground begging you to listen to our ideas and this is the final kick you're giving us by cowardly choosing to leave and go do something else. Instead of being a man and admit your mistake, move on and make this game great, you quit. People forgive Jay if you would simply be man enough to admit you're wrong and we're right. I can only assume you just don't care. And what's up with Mr. Pardo standing up for you? All this makes you look bad Jay.
Mr. Pardo I don't understand why you show your face here now. Did you just hear about the complaints a lot of us are having with this game? Highly unlikely. Yes we are venting our anger towards Jay, again where were you? When did you ever show your face up until now? Did he ever step up to you and represent us, the community? What we want and that some of your decisions are bad ones? If so and he left because of you I would understand. But I don't think that's the case.
The truth is Mr. Pardo that this game was rushed in the end. All the signs point towards a hasty release. No PvP, no endgame, really bad itemization (it still isn't fixed fully), very bad launch and last but not least totally not rewarding in terms of loot. Now explain to me Mr. Pardo how is it possible after more than a decade, learning from Diablo 2, you released a game still in beta? Why not delay it to make it great BEFORE launch? I suspect the last deadline was met and you had to release it. Probably thinking you could get away with "patching" the game to get it where it needs to be.
Quit thinking you know what the community wants and start interacting in more detail. You don't seem to have a clue or are simply ignoring us, otherwise we wouldn't be here complaining about it. WE decide what goes into this game, not you! WE pay for this game. Your ideas are just that, ideas, and should only be implemented if approved by US! Start listening to US!
Zero transparency. No updates on what complaints are heard and on the TODO list for future patches. The CM's repeating themselves over and over that you are listening does not cut it! We want to know what is on the TODO list now! For example what's going to be done about the very blend itemization? What about the majority of legendaries that are mostly not even worth ID'ing?