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Hard to believe some of the posts in this thread. While I've sometimes been highly critical about D3 on my forum posts I wish you the best Jay. You've taken more abuse than anyone I can think of at the moment over a video game.
eh, seeing how they went on to make crap like hellgate london and torchlight i doubt they would have done any better,, maybe if they just did a remake of d2 on this new engine but i dont think they need to hire anyone for that
So what? The damage is done: My most beloved gaming franchise has become a hollow shell, a sad caricature of itself.
Jay Wilson leaving won't change that.
That said: I never harboured hatred or ill-will towards Jay or the D3 team. I think they honestly did their best and wanted the game to be awesome. Their mistake was hubris: They thought they knew better than anyone else how the game should play, and yet had no full grasp on the legacy. They also had to appease the suits, and that is what Diablo III is:
A game that had set its eyes on the glorious top, knowing of its legendary ancestry. But always hounded by managerial demands (Make it more MMO-y!) and restrictions, by Blizzard's self-image of being unable to do wrong and always delivering awesome incarnate. And by one of the most rabid and unpleasable fanbases on the planet. No wonder they said at one point "Let them blather, we do as we want", and closed their ears to any outside criticism.
All in all, I do not relish Jay's going away. I think it's just another step in D3's tragedy. I would have liked it much better if he and his team had overcome the things holding them back and realized what they had understood and done wrong.
Best wishes for your new position, Jay. And maybe a bit of humility and an open ear for good ideas from the outside.
Take a look at the other ARPGs out there. Grim Dawn. Torchlight 2. Path Of Exile. Each one can teach you valuable lesson on how to to an iso ARPG.
Edited by Muesli#2215 on 1/17/2013 1:24 PM PST
You dont leave a "new" game with this many problems and 2 more expansions still planned as game director without serious pressure for you to step down.
Edited by Gunblade#2868 on 1/17/2013 1:21 PM PST
Because ppl who do their job right don't get bumped out of their job.
Pressure from who exactly? People on forums?
I hate to say he would have got better a response from the community if he interacted and listened to everyone telling him the game was broke.
I'm sorry stonewalling complaints and then having the CM's go into sleep mode does not help an already upset fanbase.
A clear sign back before beta was when everyone got upset about the art direction. Then it was RMAH, then it was removing offline mode, Then it was No ladders...
So he has to take the blame..
TOO many people and sites pointed out what is wrong with the game.
I have seen great idea's from players how to make diablo turn around and be better..
Communication is the key to everything...
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