Diablo III Interview Leads To Unexpected Facebook Bitching

What should have been a harmless little interview with a video games website has turned into something of an internet Diablo soap opera after David Brevik, the co-founder of Blizzard North and one of the key men involved with the creation of Diablo, said some unkind things about Diablo III.

After claiming that Diablo III was "a very different game than I would have created" - Brevik no longer works at Blizzard, and Blizzard North was closed down before development on Diablo III began - he goes on to say:

I have very mixed emotions about it (laughs). On one hand I am sad that people haven't enjoyed Diablo because it's a love, a passion, and its obvious people still have a giant love and passion for Diablo and they are speaking out about it because they have such love for it. That makes me feel great.

I am sad because people are outraged and, you know, some of the decision they have made are not the decisions I would make and there have been changes in philosophy and that hasn't gone over very well. I think in that way I am a little sad.

I am also a little happy, which I hate to say, it shows that the people that were involved in Diablo really did matter, and so I am happy that it has come to light that how talented that group was and how unique and special that group was. I am hoping that, as this happens very often in the industry, you see it with Call of Duty and things like that , when the people leave the game changes and it shows how critical people are in this industry.

Understandably, some of those involved in the creation of Diablo III were upset by the comments. Unusually, though, they took to the public forum of Facebook to voice their displeasure, with Diablo III lead designer Jay Wilson reportedly saying "fuck that loser" on this comments thread, while other Blizzard developers chime in with similar, if less colourful sentiments.

Interestingly, by the time I visited the thread Wilson's comment wasn't there. So there's no proof he even said this. But seeing as Blizzard's Jill Harrington is directly referencing his comment, and her comment is still there (it was visible in the "original" image below that's been circulating all evening), it does seem likely. Nevertheless, because I didn't get a chance to see Wilson's post there myself, I've contacted Blizzard for comment, and will update if we hear back.

The original interview on IncGamers is at time of posting inaccessible, but you can check out a cached version here.

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    Saw that today. Glad to see the Diablo 3 guys are able to take constructive criticism from the original development team...

    On another note for the Diablo 3 team: Fuck those losers.

      Agreed weresmurf. They devinately took that constructive criticism well not.

      So the interview wasn't just a childish "fuck you" to blizzard? Pretty childish comments all around if you ask me.

    Those comments pointed out that this was the guy behind 'hellgate: london'.

    His opinion is now invalid. As much as I dislike Jay Wilson, Diablo III is much, MUCH better than Hellgate: london

      He was also behind the very successful Diablo 1 and Diablo 2 games. Not sure why a game that didn't go so well invalidates his criticism when he is one of the creators of the franchise that Diablo 3 is based on. Saying "oh woops you made a bad game you can't talk" is very childish and just goes to show how unprofessional the "new" Blizzard team are. If you can't take constructive criticism (which it was and no where did David Brevik insult the team) then please leave this industry as you will not be able to survive.

      What I find funny is that the specific comments that they are pulling at aren't that bad. David states that its the team behind the project that makes the game, that the people investing their love, sweat and tears are what makes the game for the players. He noted that Diablo 3 didn't feel like that, and felt more slapped on which is what it was to large amount of people.

      Hellgate wasn't horrific though to be fair (neither is D3 but it's true it didn't have that certain magic like 2 did imo). Was a good idea but a myriad of technical problems imo which killed the experience and balancing wasn't there at higher difficulties. I still remember being unable to melee Sydonai or whatever his name was when I was playing a Blademaster.

    Well.... i know which developers games im not buying anymore.

      Given how much D3 is a letdown, agreed. Also with how long SC2 HOTS is taking? Going on what, 3 years now? Damn right. Done with Blizz.

    What a bunch of immature idiots.. All of them. I am really sick of this twitter and facebook shit. Just a public space for everyone to voice every bloody thought that goes through their mind. Thats why I fucked off and deleted my account 2 years ago.

      You just described forums, and you are doing what you hate- anonymously. "slow clap"

    Fuck that loser, he only created the entire base of what we've been butchering.

    Guy who makes one of the most addictive games of all time comments on how he would have done things differently for the sequel.

    Guys who made sequel with potentially the highest abandon rate of all time take it straight to heart, get butthurt and start calling names

    Gee, I wonder who is the more respectable dev in this fairy tale.

    Blizzard... They're committing complete PR Suicide because of Diablo III. First a game designed to force players to use real money (played for 200hrs, got 1 orange) to get better gear, and now they're responding to criticism like a bunch of chumps.

    I'm not buying HOTS in the first week because of all this. It's not much of a protest, and I'm not going to ignore SC2 completely, but I feel pretty ticked off at how they treated us. That DRM and single player lag was fucking inexcusable.

      You aren't 'forced' to use real money, the gold AH still works.

      That said, was on the fence about HotS, was very dissatisfied with the story and the way the missions weren't linear (There's a reason why choose your own adventure books have never been best sellers). After this, think I'll just wait til it's in the bargin bins.

        Yeah, but because of the completely fucked drop system you ARE forced to use the AH (even the gold one) which they did intentionally so that people would find it easier mentally to move to the RMAH.

        Ask anyone what the quintessential part of Diablo 1 and 2 was, and they'll probably tell you 'collecting loot'. But it wasn't collecting to sell, it was collecting to wear upgrades. If you spend the entire game collecting loot just to pawn it off to pay for good shit on the AH or grind it into dust to sell on the AH, there's no more 'oh sweet, I'm totally equipping this!' magic that translated so well into Borderlands.

        That one fact alone made for /uninstall after beating Diablo and grinding on Nightmare a bit.

      I'm sure Blizzard will really FEEL the damage that your one week protest will have.

        I doubt they will. But I'm miffed about how I was treated, and this is all I can come up with. Boycotting never works, and SC2 was fantastic, so there's no way I wouldn't buy the game at all.

        If blizz ever made diablo 4, it would flop hard compared to diablo 3. So yeah they will feel the effect of putting out shitty games.

    Diablo 3 isn't a game. It's a business model smooshed onto the end of an otherwise awesome series.

      Dammit, why is there no +1 system?

    Lots of blizzard defenders are saying it was fake, but I doubt it. They're saying someone changed their name and photo, made the comment, then deleted it to cause a giant argument.

    It seems unlikely. Only friends can post on each others walls (this is why it's all blizzard employees), and it's a lot of trouble to go to, you'd think they'd be more angry. My belief is he said it in anger, then 20min later realised it might have been a bad idea, and deleted it. I see it done all the time on my news feed.

      Absolutely, I don't doubt he did it and we've all said stupid stuff (god knows Ive said enough on here before). But there's a level of respect to be had also for those who came before you and created the IP you're carrying on the legacy of... especially when the criticism is valid...

      Whilst the offending statements were removed, a lot of people managed to get screen captures. So of the people on the original site are 'friends' with members of the D3 creative team and were able to verify the account.

    I'd bet a small fortune that Jay Wilson has once again been dragged into Mike Morheims office with a please explain. I don't think the comments were neccessary from the guy that made Hellgate London, I also definitely don't think the Bizzard guys should have responded on social media. Poor form alround.

    Diablo III is awful. Online only, dumbed down. Blind fanbois.

    Here is a screenshot. http://i.imgur.com/DYvoI.png

    You gotta feel at least a little sympathy for the developers of Diablo 3. The orders would have come from higher up in the company to "casualify" the game, put in In App Purchases and then balance the item drops to maximize IAPs. After many years of work it must be hard for them to see the game getting bashed so mercilessly (even though it deserves it). An angry comment is understandable.

      Thats one theory. The other is they just got it wrong. It doesn't necessarily need to have come from higher up, and even if it did I don't think it warrants any sympathy for the team who went with it.

      Personally I like the game...very happy with it so I'm not too fussed anyway.

      If I had as much time and money as they had, I'm sure I could have found a way to make the game accessible and monetisable without sacrificing fun and competitiveness.
      As Ike says, "You'll get no sympathy from me"

    I see diablo three as non mmo free to play, pay to win game. Beat the game once and haven't touched it since

      You're not missing much. There's barely any variation on each playthrough. Still gotta do the same boring fetch quests at the start, and talk to boring NPC's who have two pointless lines each.

        That sounds alot like diablo 2.

          and diablo 1 and hellgate london and borderlands, and titan quest, and torchlight (and most likely torchlight 2) and path of exile and every other action rpg that has come out since diablo 1

    Far out Blizz... Seriously.. Can someone that's not activision buy this company and put it back on the right track? What happened to the days of old when Blizzard = quality. I'm ashamed to have held them in such high regard.. /bins blizzard hoodie

    Blizz have been on a downwards slope ever since warcrack came out

    so basically Blizz devs are now just as open with their arrogance as Bioware devs are?

      Also, WILDLY record-breaking, rolling-in-money successful.

      I hate it with the heat of a thousand suns, but... we're not the target audience anymore.

    The Graphics in Diablo III are not that great... Subpar. Audio Levels are crap also.

    Oh man, hahaha.This is gold!

    Vivendi owns blizzard and activision that is the real problem.

    Vivendi screws up everything they are involved in. If it was not for VALVE and STEAM we would of been screwed with HL2.


    If only someone like VALVE could buy them from vivendi not EA or Ubisoft or Microsoft.

    @ John
    The graphics are Audio are amazing - Especially compared to every other ARPG out there and even compared to Torchlight 2 Trailers (which i have pre-ordered) the only problem was the lack of content like the fact Act 4 was incredibly unrewarding and short.
    The new patch will be a great breath of fresh air but I can see the new levels being pretty boring if they require as much XP as listed on DiabloFans.
    They are moving in the right direction and people need to remember that even Diablo 2 took its sweet a$$ time updating to become a "great" game.

    Oh Blizz, first you fail at making games, now you fail at dealing with the creator of your whole game base. Fuck these losers, im pre-ordering more copies of Grim Dawn!

    Blizzard employees should really know better than to start this kind of thing in a public forum. Their PR team has probably gone into collective apoplexy.

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