The team producing Diablo III is almost entirely new, with none of the senior members of the Diablo II team involved. What does the D2 team think of the new game, and the direction Blizzard's taking the franchise? Diii.net has a brief quote from Diablo creator Max Schaefer, and a longer interview with Ben Boos, a senior artist on Diablo 2 and its expansion pack. Ben gives his opinion on how the look of the game has changed since the early version he worked on at Blizzard North, the "too colorful" controversy, and more:
Ben Boos: As for the tone: A comparison of D1 to D2 comes to mind. I remember plowing ahead and making those green pastures and meadows in D2, and thinking after the fact? ?oops! The original Diablo was so dark and moody; did I screw up the atmosphere?? Then I went and made the bright desert wasteland, and the same potential problems cropped up. But it all worked out in my opinion, because we were able to take the player underground, and to various darker environments. Therefore, I think you can?t judge the atmosphere of D3 from a short demo. Who knows what incredible sights await the player of Diablo 3?