Designer Joe Shely steps up to lead next Diablo
That’s a good sign
Agree. Very bad sign...
At least the art is already set. So it's a good sign that it won't look like Diablo 3/WoW.
"Blizzard said, and he led the team responsible for the first playable demo of Diablo 4 at BlizzCon 2019." Well, that's something at least. It's never good to see a new director pop up mid development, but at least this shift is to someone who headed the reveal demo that people responded well to. I also assume, to a degree, with these big projects that unless it is something like an Anthem - a new property where you have to buckle down, choose a focus, and start saying "no" or else it just gets out of control - directorial changes later in development when things have already been decided on isn't as massive a change/tumultuous as it would have been in the beginning stages. Fingers crossed, anyway...
Been at Blizzard since 2005 Working on D4 since 2017 Worked as: designer on WoW, senior designer on D3, contributed toward SC2 He got a the experience and seniority to be in this position. Let's see how he performs.
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