Jay Apologizes

After the drama of recent days that followed our interview, Jay has issued an official apology. He goes on to address more than the issue at hand, but the state of the game as a whole. Unprofessional comment aside, there’s still a ways to go with Diablo III and it seems that recent progress for the game and for the team is ongoing.

As a personal opinion on the piece, I’m struck with the frank and humble tone he takes in his assessment of his moment of indiscretion and the state of the game itself. What many people have been asking revolves around “open and honest communications” with the community about the state of the game, and as a passionate community, it is with the greatest hope that such transparency continues.

As many of you probably know, I recently made a comment on Facebook about Dave Brevik. I want to make it clear that I am very sorry for what I said. I have higher expectations for myself than to express my feelings in such a rash way and disrespect a fellow developer like Dave, someone who deserves to be treated with greater respect.

What I said was expressed out of anger, and in defense of my team and the game. People can say what they want about me, but I don’t take lightly when they disparage the commitment and passion of the Diablo III team. Dave is awesome. In Diablo and Diablo II, he made two of the games that have most affected me as a developer. I respect his vision for Diablo, but just like he said in his interview, the Diablo III team must drive a vision for the game that is true to us. We believe in Diablo and have stuck by it through years of hard development to make it a reality.

The foundation of the Diablo team was built from the remnants of Blizzard North: Our lead programmer, who built the basis of the Diablo III engine while at Blizzard North; our lead tech artist, who drove much of the combat visuals, FX, and skill direction of our classes and is one of the most avid Diablo II players you can find; our lead concept artist, who helped establish the core look of the game; Wyatt Cheng, our senior technical game designer, who writes many of our blogs and works tirelessly on the live game. All these people and many others made the commitment to Diablo even after Blizzard North shut down. It was hard for me to see their contributions be diminished by someone they worked alongside, and even harder for me not to try to jump to their defense. I only wish I’d done so in a more professional manner.

Joining the Diablo team was a dream come true for me. In my house, the name Diablo was always spoken in hushed tones. It meant late nights that turned into early mornings, moments of pure adrenaline and pure joy. It meant countless conversations, debates, scouring websites for good builds, and more than one or two sick days. 🙂 When Diablo II was released, I took a week off work and sent my wife out of state… and she was pregnant at the time! I played Diablo II with my dad during one of the most difficult times of his life, and the experience brought me closer to him, and I hope helped him through it. I joined the Diablo team because the idea of a world without more Diablo seemed like a pretty crappy world to me. I wasn’t sure if I’d be good enough. I’m still not sure. But I felt I had to try.

Regardless of how I’ve done, my team has been more than good enough, and I’m proud of the game we made together. We believe it’s a great game. But Diablo III has flaws. It is not perfect. Sales mean nothing if the game doesn’t live on in all of our hearts, and standing by our games is what Blizzard does. Patch 1.0.4 is a step in the right direction, but we have no illusions that our work is done.

Playing Diablo III needs to be a rewarding experience. The new legendaries are a big step in the right direction, as are tweaks to item drop rates. But I’m not convinced that we’ve gone far enough. If you don’t have that great feeling of a good drop being right around the corner — and the burst of excitement when it finally arrives — then we haven’t done our jobs right. Out of our concern to make sure that Diablo III would have longevity, we were overly cautious about how we handled item drops and affixes. If 1.0.4 hasn’t fixed that, you can be sure we’ll continue to address it.

Part of the problem, however, is not just item drops, but the variety of things to do within the game. Many of you have stated that there needs to be more to the game than just the item hunt, and we agree completely. The Paragon system is a step in the right direction, giving meta-progress for your time in the game, but it does little to address the variety of activities you can do while playing. I don’t think there’s a silver-bullet solution to this problem, but I do think we can make this aspect of the game better, and as such we’re planning more than just PvP for the next major patch. Not trying to be coy, but we’re still firming things up and will talk about this as soon as we can.

Difficulty has been a constant source of division when discussing the game. Some players believe Diablo has never been about crushing challenges, but more about efficiency and farming. Some players want a game that tests them to their limits. Neither player is wrong. As it stands, Diablo III simply does not provide the tools to allow players to scale the game challenge to something appropriate for them. We set Inferno as the high watermark and took a one-size-fits-all approach to game challenge. Later in the development of Diablo II, the ‘players 8’ command — which let people set monster difficulty — was added to address this issue, and we’re considering something similar for the next major Diablo III patch to allow players to make up their own minds about how hard or how easy is right for them.

The Auction House has also proven to be a big challenge. It adds a lot of power for players to trade and acquire items. Getting a great Monk drop that you can trade for better gear for your Wizard is obviously a great benefit, but it does come with a downside. The Auction House can short circuit the natural pace of item drops, making the game feel less rewarding for some players. This is a problem we recognize. At this point we’re not sure of the exact way to fix it, but we’re discussing it constantly, and we believe it’s a problem we can overcome.

While these are some of the major issues with Diablo III, they aren’t the only things we’re looking at. On a daily basis we ask ourselves if the classes are satisfying to play, if rares and champions are fun to fight, if they’re tuned well relative to normal monsters. Can we make further improvements to social elements of the game? How can items be even better?

We made Diablo III because we believe in the Diablo games. We think the gameplay is awesome, the world is compelling, and it’s the game we all wanted to play. Because we believe in it, we’ll continue to stand by it and make it better. We are committed to making Diablo III the best Diablo game to date, and we hope you’ll continue to help us do just that.

Saying that, I’d like to apologize to all of you, the players in our community. You deserve better than my reaction to Dave’s comments. You deserve more honest communication about the game and what we’re doing to make it a more awesome experience for us all. We care about Diablo very much, and appreciate your passion for it. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do this, and for that I can’t thank you enough.

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      • I’m fairly confident that he wrote it all. It may not have been his initial idea, and was certainly sparked from his indiscretion (that is to say, he wouldn’t have written this without it happening), but I think he’s a real enough guy to own up to a mistake.

        Rage and storm about how unprofessional the comment is and how much you hate the game, but give credit where credit is due.

        • Agreed. This bit seems more human, and reminds me he’s a dude who likes diablo, not some activi$ion ball gobbler. By no means is he gabe, however, at least jay didn’t give us 2/3s of a game, promise the last third, and then you know, fuck off for 8 years.

        • There is no credit due here. The guy screwed up, got caught despite trying to hide it, and then was forced to write a PR statement containing a half hearted apology following considerable community backlash.

          I grew up in a time where we didn’t get a gold star for failure and apologizing for failure. So until I see a game that is truly worthy of the Diablo name he will get NOTHING. Good day sir!

          • Let it go man. It was just a comment he made. Are you such a perfect angel that you have never used a swear word to express yourself? Don’t hold other people to higher standards than you hold yourself.

          • He is the lead developer of my favorite game franchise. Of course I’m going to hold him to higher personal standards than I would myself because he has such a crucial position in the development of something that is very important to me. His attitude toward criticism (telling people to &#%$ off in public) is a problem when the game is at a stage where it needs criticism to move forward.

            With regard to professional standards I would (and do) hold myself accountable to the same standards. He knows he violated those standards. I’m not going to applaud this man when he apologizes for bad behavior. That’s just stupid. He will get credit if he puts his money where his mouth is and steers the project back toward it’s roots. I have no problem whatsoever applauding success.

        • give credit to where its due? yet you make an unsubstantiated claim that he did write it with no evidence? if he didn’t in fact write it, then what fucking credit are we to ascribe to him?

          • It’s fine for you to blindly hate – that’s your prerogative. It’s a sad existence, but there it is.

            Knowing him better than you do is my evidence. Jay is a pretty straight shooter when it comes to these things. PR and faults notwithstanding, he took this blunder as an opportunity to make good on more than just his moment of indiscretion.

            You can choose not to believe me, and that’s fine. However, this response deserves credit in my book, especially when no apology was expected.

          • I’m as mad as the next man about this business, but look, let’s not get crazy conspiracy. Jay wrote the apology, and I have no reason to doubt he meant it. It’s great he did that.

            That said, it would have been nice to see him drop the implication that Dave was ‘disparaging’ the DIII team – he clearly wasn’t. The fact that the D3 team responded in such fashion shows how sensitive they are to criticism – which means only that it hit way too close to home. They know they aren’t measuring up to the quality of Blizzard Past. For me, it’s good thing that this worries them, maybe not all hope is lost for Blizzard.

            Now, the mockery of a man who tried to do something ambitious and new like Hellgate, after developing their franchise in the first place, while Starcraft II and Diablo III are simply minor, quality, iterations on an existing formula is absolutely appalling. I’d like to see the others apologise, as their comments were way worse.

            Especially that bitch who had a go at IncGamers, the most loyal and temperate game community in the history of gaming…I don’t know who she is but she should be fired.

    • “You deserve more honest communication about the game”

      It’s a shame it took an incident like this to have him/them come to this realization.

  1. Honestly? This was way more of an apology than I expected. Good on Jay for this.

    Personally, I think 1.04 has been a big step in the right direction, for what I already considered a good game, especially just 3 months into the game (D2 took years and an expansion before it became the game a lot of us remember).

    • I missed the actual apology.

      I got the part where he accused DB of trying to “disparage the commitment and passion of the Diablo III team”. He didn’t. He just said their lack of experience showed, and illustrated why experience counts.

      I also got the part where he sees himself as the embodiment of “Diablo”, and “commitment to Diablo” is why a small handful of mid-managers – only one of which actually worked with DB – of the original 60+ that made D2 remain.

      • I’m thinking it’s the part where he said, “I want to make it clear that I am very sorry for what I said. I have higher expectations for myself than to express my feelings in such a rash way and disrespect a fellow developer like Dave, someone who deserves to be treated with greater respect.”

        “I’m very sorry for what I said” sounds like an apology to me.

      • Does that mean that the D3 dev team (being mid-managers) didn’t have the full support of Blizzard? IIRC Blizzard’s stance on a sequel was “no” for so very long. Did Jay push for a sequel, only to have management say that he had to develop it with minimum resources whilst working on WoW patches/expansions and starcraft II?

        That would certainly explain why the game took ~10 years but plays like it took less than 4.

        • which idiot think the game was ever developed for 10 years? it was just the wait for the sequal was 10 years

          • Clearly the guy above you does, so I guess he either an idiot or he the fact that D3 got kind of got cancelled and restarted.

          • Re-read my post before you go committing a straw man fallacy… and you might want to google what a straw man fallacy is.

            I vaguely remember back in 2001-2005 (can’t remember) people were pressing Blizzard for a sequel and they kept saying no. I think there was an interview and the info appeared on this site. The community has always been kept in the dark about internal affairs as Blizzard is not a transparent company.

            What I am ASKING (not asserting) is what was going on internally with Blizzard over the proposed production of D3?

    • Yeah, I’m happy with the current direction as well. One thing in that statement has me worried though.

      “Many of you have stated that there needs to be more to the game than just the item hunt, and we agree completely.”

      Sure, extra content is never a bad thing, but does anyone else feel like they’ve had the wrong idea about what makes Diablo Diablo the whole time? If he thinks that the problem with the state of D3 is not enough late-game content, he couldn’t be more wrong. There is no such thing as “just the item hunt”. Diablo IS the item hunt.

    • I’m still waiting for the apology. I don’t see an actual apology to David Brevik anywhere in that long diatribe of PR speak. Sure, there was an apology to the players, a sort of “please come back to us! I didn’t really mean it!” kind of thing, but there was no apology to the person he actually insulted.

  2. TLDR: “I’m very very sorry something rude I said, that I thought only other Bliz employees would see, went public. Blizzard PR will make sure that never happens again.”

      • its not an apology if its followed by 3 paragraphs of “I had very good reasons to say what I did and it was valid and a appropriate response”

        • Personally i think people made to big a stink about this anyways, hell hes a game developer not a governor. I saw things i regert saying all the time, in the heat of the moment we all say dumb things.

          The game is getting better and people need to realize that D2 took years to become what we remember today as its final form.

          I do like the content this site provides but sometimes the snarkyness is really dumb. It s a game, if your not having fun or it bothers you so bad that Blizz North diden’t make it you need to step away from it. Just my humble opinion /end rant

      • I didn’t want or need Jay to apologize. He can have bitter feelings towards the D1/D2 creator if he wants to. I support his right to blindly defend his team of developers, and made that clear in posts Sunday night.


        That said, sincerity or not, this is clearly a PR move. If Chris Haga’s FB page had actually been private and this had never turned into an internet story, does anyone think Jay apologized for it?

        What was the response from the other Bliz peeps to Jay’s comment? Shocked at the profanity and negativity? No, it was laughter and “likes”. Obviously from that reaction they say this kind of thing all the time on internal email threads and in staff meetings. Imagine what they must say about hater fans giving D3 a 3.2 rating on Metacritic? (Hint: about the same thing any of us would say about haters going out of their way to fuck our product.)

        Like most who issue public apologies, his main sorrow is that he got caught.

        • I get what you mean by that. It’s certainly PR, but I really liked his apology, for one thing….

          What struck me as being really off is his comment about his father and his wife, which sounded like he was trying too hard to demonstrate how actually addicted to Diablo 2 he was.

          That sound so PR to me…, but in a wrong way, like he was trying to prove how much he cares about Diablo at the expense of sharing personal details nobody cares about, now that people were disappointed because he seemed not to care about the series after some decisions he took and some comments he had made.

          Life is conflict. And certainly sometimes I don’t know what to think.

        • Wow, I just lost a lot of respect for you Flux. I visit this site regularly, but you can’t seem to give Jay Wilson a fair shake. I suppose it’s all in your perception and intention, as no matter what any one does, one can always rationalize it into a negative if they really wanted to. He’s not really apologizing…he’s just sorry he’s caught. He’s not really a Diablo fan, he’s just fake telling us stories about his Diablo passion.

          What is true is this: everybody makes mistakes. And we all deserve second chances. The fact that you and many others are so dismissive really makes me disappointed in this incgamers community. I’ll visit here less and visit other fan sites more, like diablofans and reddit, as they deserve my page views.

          • yeah, look at it another way, Flux could be doing all this to get hits on his site. He just want controversy and he doesn’t care about Diablo at all. All these could be true.

          • The irony being if you had been doing only that over the last few days you wouldn’t know what this was about because the thread on reddit was deleted as(not relevant to the game according to mods) and wasn’t reported at all on the other fansite.

            @Hanni..yes 15 years working on a fansite because he doesn’t care about diablo at all. 🙄

        • “That said, sincerity or not, this is clearly a PR move. If Chris Haga’s FB page had actually been private and this had never turned into an internet story, does anyone think Jay apologized for it?”

          So you’ve never *once* said something in anger about anybody under your breath, or to someone else?
          Everybody does. And of course you don’t apologise if the target never finds out. That doesn’t mean you don’t often regret saying it, or didn’t really mean it. But is it really worth bringing up?

          • If you apologize honestly you usually apologize to the person you offended; Not “community”…

          • @drops – Actually, if you did something to one person that had third-party repercussions, it is most appropriate to apologize to all those affected.

            In addition, he extended his apology to incorporate the entire state of the game, and to be honest, I think that was the apology we as a community deserved.

        • 99.9% of all humans do, think, or say something for bad reasons that they should feel ashamed about later on.

          Since most people are private citizens, either we apologize to those close to us, those who heard it, or just forget about it.

          The fact that he released a large apology publicly is obviously due to the fact that he works for a company, yes. But that doesn’t mean he can’t recognize in hindsight that it was a douchey thing to say. You’re basically saying “since he works for a company that cares about its PR, there is 0 chance he means this” – which is an absurd stance to take. Are you saying that no one is genuinely sorry for anything they say ever, and that we only pretend to apologize for the sake of people who catch us?

        • I would expect he still would but it just would of been a private apology just to Dave Brevik.

    • Really? I know you come across as the pessimist, and I understand some of your dislike for the blizzard group, but you really gotta hand it to the guy for doing the apology. I mean, if you wanna send out the hate/dislike/etc. vibes, throw it at Diablofans. Did you see the moderator ignoring all evidence that the facebook post was Jay and kept saying all proof points to it being someone trolling?

      I prefer this site for the mostly “honest” information, but sometimes the hate or whatever word you’d like to use just seems so unwarranted. Just my 2cents though I could be completely off base, which happens when my twin girls keep me up all night. lol 🙄

      • But it’s true. He did think it was private and PR would have said he had to apologize and it won’t happen again. oh and it is long. nothing hateful.

    • I’m surprised Blizzard PR let him include the bit about sending his pregnant wife away when Diablo 2 was released.

      • “let”? They would have suggested such a tactic.

        It is to humanize him. If you throw people some personal information (and what is better than a baby) it softens people and they are more receptive to your message, especially in an embarrassing situation like this. It is also why 95% of the apology is addressing game issues to detract and move on from the topic. Fans will focus momentarily on the apology and then move their focus on to what he says about the game.

        • Only works if it’s true or noone tries to look it up. If it’s not true and the latter happens, it could backfire very well. But you’re right: After reading again it sounds a bit, as if the whole paragraph was inserted afterwards to fetch a bit more sympathy for him as a person.

        • Why would they do that, with that, of all the things he could have said? Is it to give us perspective of what sort of person he is? We have to stop and think; is what he did to the Diablo franchise worse than what he did to his pregnant wife? Is he as terrible at being a husband and father as he is as being a game designer?

    • Lost a lot respect for Jay because of his comment. I lost a lot respect for you because of your comment.

      We’ll never know if this is actually how Jay feels or if it’s just blizz PR breathing in his back. But if you do not let a guy make an apology and respect that apology you really should reconsider the way you treat people around you. All people do make stupid mistakes that they regret and all people do deserve a chance to make up for those mistakes.

      • I wholeheartedly agree with windstriker. Flux’ comments are not much more professional (if at all) than Jay’s. If you’re the owner of a website and head of a community, people expect you to act like a professional as well, and not like some teenager who got bit in the ass one too many times.

        I’m sorry, but while I still visit diablo.incgamers.com for non-pr news (sadly lacking from diablofans.com), this site thanks to Flux among others, has become a breeding ground for negativity and bitter disappointment. I have no desire for it.

        • You could just stick to the Diablo forum not filled with disappointment and negativity. Let me know if you find one. Dead serious…

        • Don’t see what’s wrong with wrong with flux’s comments. Just stating it like it is, as always. Can’t expect anything else from a man putting up the news. Not his fault the news is negative. The only true glimpse of Blizzard internals just rounded the corner and some people already get the wool pulled over their eyes again.

        • You forget that Flux put out his ass for diablo 3. This site was my favorite site pre release and incgamers did alot of promotion for diablo 3.

          In return, the developers call this site sarcastically ‘paragons of objectivity’ and scold the one who was the father of the series.

          Jay’s apology is pure damage control as he doesn’t need to apologise to us but to Brevik. The fact that he does aim the letter to us means it’s because the PR department forced him to do so to not tarnish the rep of blizz.

        • I’m sorry, let me get this clear, Flux’s cynical comment on how Jay’s apology came about is nearly tantamount to calling a fellow developer a loser publicly and in front of the targets colleagues?

          What is unprofessional about viewing a situation with cynicism? He’s already acknowledged (in the post he linked to) Jay was probably just defending his team, did you even bother reading that.

          But, in your haste to chastise Flux for his comment you managed to somehow overlook this very news item you are in now, the intro from Niz. Or did you read it (the accepting, forgiving tone) and as it didn’t play into the point you wanted to make you pushed it to one side. You have also overlooked Flux’s recent articles on how much fun he’s having in Diablo 3 (tempered with the bad points of course). They’re on the front page and hit the link at the bottom of the page to scroll back over the last few weeks’ worth. No. None of it plays into this point you wanted to make.

          The negativity and disappointment is internet-wide Astroquicky. It’s allowed to exist here because it’s a fact and we won’t suppress it, although we delete far more than you would know (as you’re not a mod). But there is also a lot of positivity, especially lately, also very easy to find if you desire to look for it.

          • Thank you Elly, for voicing something that is also in mind as well.

            I bought (and play) Diablo 3 because I have over 20 gaming buddies I met since back in 1990’s who played D2 and felt good about the experience. I played other games like Warcraft etc, and although I am new when it comes to Diablo 3 I am not new in gaming as I’ve been involved with MMO even before such thing as UO or Everquest.

            I don’t have that special attachment nor some self-entitlement to get apology from Jay. But, I can see that what he did was improper. The excuses made by him or his sympathizers are irrelevant.

            What I don’t get is why do these people go out of their way, and to the extreme, to create those excuses, to the point that they commit every single thing they accused others (like for example, flux).

            Like you mentioned it, for some reason they conveniently omit the part where flux reports something that has positive tone, labeling him to be an ogre based on selective reading then complain how Jay was being treated as such. I don’t want to be harsh, but do all these people bothered to use their head? Are they a bunch of kids or adults with intellectual capacity of a 10 year old? At least if they want to demonized flux or something, anything, why not put more effort to make it so that they don’t look hypocritical. You know, try to make it less obvious when committing double standard and the (baseless) accusation.

            I am not trying to put Jay under (bad) spotlight, but his whole response sounds like “I am sorry, but despite saying sorry I meant what I said.” The context supports it. The tone of his message supports it too.

            In any case, my point is whatever your side is, pro-jay or not, if you want to demonize something make sure you don’t commit the exact same thing you demonize the other party with or make sure your side’s god is clean on the matter.

            I’d also like to thank incgamer for being there. I like to visit and read both flavors of reports on something that interests me. If I just want to see PR content, I don’t need to go out of my way to do so. I can read the box cover for feature list. And certainly Blizzard’s (or any company’s)advertisement will work hard to come to my doorstep, without me having to put any effort to get them.

            Regardless of whether you think Jay is a human (while that plumber who fail to fix your sink or your spouse who slept with the milkman isn’t 🙄 ) thus allowed to make mistakes, we all know that having his involvement in any product in the future will affect its sales-outlook (or investor willingness to shell out the money or hiring).

    • Remember a couple days ago when they mentioned this site and you said Diablo.incgamers was always unbiased?

      Is this childish response part of that unbiased presentation then?

    • And nailed it. He’s just upset he got caught, and anyone that can read between the lines can see the same.

    • Flux, as always, I agree with you, and was wondering on the last few days, where is torchlight.incgamers.com ?

      Your articles on D2 were the best and I would (will?) really like to see you writing on TL2, personally I only ever visit this site now to see what’s the next problem arising on D3, at the same time hoping to see Blizz announcing it’s offline mode (fat chance yeah).

      I think you’re wasting your time on D3, this game will never live up to d2…

      • Yes, Flux articles about D2 were some of the best I have ever seen about the game. I even translated some of them and got published in different pages. Those articles made people learn and immersed them in the game like never before.

        I have a feeling though that D3 is not feature-rich enough to deserve great articles, because, is there something you can talk about? Not much, no IAS, no frames, no actual MF, no monster drops, etc etc.

  3. I think this is great and will help to dissipate all the tensions.

    Also: “You deserve more honest communication about the game and what we’re doing to make it a more awesome experience for us all.”

    I hope this means they are going to give us more information and it’s not just a nice line he wanted to put in there.

    • Unlike you, this “false text” disgusts me. I’m pretty sure Jay Wilson thinks even worse for Brevik and Diablo fanbase now.

    • Fine to apologize yes indeed it is.

      What doesn’t make sense to me is the fanboys fluttering around here acting like he’s Jesus the martyr down off the cross. Poor baby Jay! People have been so hard on him! He doesn’t deserve to be criticized for screwing up the franchise!

      He’s going to be held accountable for failure and his personal character flaws. He doesn’t get OR DESERVE a pass. Ever. Deal with it.

  4. The main thing I got out of this article is that they are planning more content on top of the PvP patch.

    How about some new maps? Hire 2 guys to just make maps 24/7.

    • I really wish there was a random map generator.. just random dungeon/scenery thrown together every time with any possible combination of monster types. None of the areas feel random at all except for which events spawn.

      Path of Exile has a really cool system in which you find maps and they can transport you to a completely random map with stuff like +50% item drops but monsters are 20% tougher.. or something along those lines from when I played it a month ago on the open weekend.

      I’m hoping D3 eventually adds more randomness so I can feel like i’m not running around the same places and facing the same combination of mobs all the time.

      • I really would not be surprised, at all, if that’s what they did. And then thread some sort of progression through it, like finding items or killing particular enemies/bosses or something.

  5. I really don’t mind Jay’s original comment much. David’s answers in the interview, as I said in the article for it, are pretty much backhanded politically trash-talking of diablo 3. Saying “that’s not what I would have done” is just being gentle, and that’s not what Jay did. It’s sad that a comment on facebook matters so much, but that’s the world we live in and a big part of Jay’s job is knowing that. People make mistakes, he sure did, and I think this apology is perfect and excuses him of the offenses of…being rude and using a bad word. Perhaps he could have been political like David and made a half-assed cut against the guy, but he probably didn’t think more than a few seconds before posting that comment.

    • I haven’t been following the whole kerfuffle in depth, but I’d assumed that Jay hadn’t realized the update he was commenting on was public when he made the comment.

      I gotta say, I’d be pretty embarrassed if some of my responses to negative reviews had been inadvertently made public as well.

      I also tend to agree that the comments in the initial interview, while more polite, were in my opinion not especially wise. I mean, some of his comments do basically boil down to, “I’m glad that the controversy shows that the D2 team was better than the D3 team!” which while more polite than Jay’s comment wasn’t really much more politic.

    • The problem with Jay’s comment for me was the impression that that’s how Jay & his team think of us, players who liked Diablo 1/2 and don’t like Diablo 3. It’s like he said: “Shut up, David and community! We know just as much as you about designing great games and what is fun, and by the way we’re rolling in dough. And you, huh?”

      So for me it smelled of arrogance. However I did get others’ people opinion here that he made such a comment in a moment of folly to defend his team.

      That aside, I’m glad to see this apology. As I see it, it was very needed, more so to break the disconnection between them, “the gods” that failed, and players who were expecting much more from them… To me personally it marks the time when I’m ready to let my disappointment with the game and the people behind it go away, and play it for what it’s worth. Sincerely hope they’ll make it better.

      • Looking at the facebook page, you’ve got one from the team saying DB’s comment really made that person feel crap about himself – in that regard, JW’s comment could easily be meant as a ‘Don’t let it get to you’.
        – I know it doesn’t really justify anything, but still…

        On a personal level, I find it far harder to accept when people can’t own up to having made a mistake, than the mistake itself. You may lose some credit by screwing up, but at least you have the decency to be honest about it.

  6. I hope that, once he calmed down, Jay saw the need to write this, and it’s not that Blizz told him to. Some good thoughts there, regardless.

  7. He was backed into a corner, if it hadn’t erupted he would have kept quiet but it was a story that wasn’t going away. He was sorry he got caught calling him a loser.

    Apologizing is what was needed and it is good Blizzard made him do it, even if it is buried in gameplay discussion.

    • who hasn’t got pissed off at something someone said and then said something like “f**k that loser” to make a friend (or yourself) feel better?

      It had nothing do do with what jay really feels about dave, just a rash reaction in a friends defense.

  8. I’m happy to see this apology. I think the whole thing was blown WAY out proportion (on both sides of the issue). David and Jay were both just being real people and I hope that this is the end of it. Now hopefully Jay and the rest of the team can get back to the IMPORTANT things…accentuating the positives that are in place and fixing the negatives.

    Simple as…

  9. ” All these people and many others made the commitment to Diablo even after Blizzard North shut down. It was hard for me to see their contributions be diminished by someone they worked alongside, and even harder for me not to try to jump to their defense. I only wish I’d done so in a more professional manner.”

    That’s only three people out of what was a team of over 60 as of D2’s release, and only one of them has a credit on D2 (as a junior non-lead, incidentally).

    Chris Haga, like almost everyone else that was at North, is no longer at Blizzard. Funny how Jay doesn’t mention that, or contemplate why their “commitment” was ultimately lacking.

    It must be painful squaring this failure with the alternate-reality zone of Bliz, where everyone is a genius, dissent is treason, and politics mean much more than things like code, art and story.

  10. Really awesome apology, and he acknowledged some things that I haven’t really seen Blizzard address before. Specifically,
    “The Auction House has also proven to be a big challenge. It adds a lot of power for players to trade and acquire items. Getting a great Monk drop that you can trade for better gear for your Wizard is obviously a great benefit, but it does come with a downside. The Auction House can short circuit the natural pace of item drops, making the game feel less rewarding for some players. This is a problem we recognize. At this point we’re not sure of the exact way to fix it, but we’re discussing it constantly, and we believe it’s a problem we can overcome.”

    That raised my eyebrows a bit, because I was pretty certain they’d never acknowledge the AH’s downsides. If they can somehow solve the problem they mentioned — which I hope is what they mean by “we believe it’s a problem we can overcome” — then that’s going to do wonders for the game’s longevity.

    • That quote about the AH made my day. If they realized that the AH has severely affected this game and looking to fix it, that is a great step forward. I just hope its sooner than later.

    • Talking about the auction house problem is really gutsy (though maybe not as gutsy as saying “sorry”).

      I gave in to the auction house and it killed the game outright for me. When 1.04 came out, I logged in, vendor’d all my items and walked naked into Hell Act1 to scrounge for whites and blues. It felt a lot like playing a Diablo game and it was genuinely fun. Between going cold-turkey on the auction house and the 1.04 change, I can honestly say that I’m now enjoying D3.

    • AH impacts are not something surprising or hidden or something that never existed.

      Those who are involved in the gaming industry in general can see it. Many players can’t. Not admitting that “challenges revolving AH” exist will be downright lying and can be spotted 10000 miles away.

  11. That was the right thing to do.

    It’s refreshing to read and it sure is a nice change from all the PR BS we get from the CMs. (omg acronyms ftw lol)

    • Because Jay didn’t sit down with PR and construct this? Nothing a company releases publicly goes without PR iterations. The most honest thing Jay has ever said was “Fuck that loser”. You will never see honestly like that again.

  12. It’s a step in the right direction.

    Give Diablo 3 a couple of years and it might be better. The same thing happen for Diablo 2.

  13. Happy to read some of the ideas of future development. Maybe it is a good thing that the game is so flawed at release 😀 seems like Blizzard is stepping up their patch ambitions.

    Players X sounds interesting enough, though it surely cant stand alone as end game content. Actual new content (as in new areas, bosses, game modes) is really needed for that. And sadly that might still be more than Blizzard will commit to in patches :/

  14. I like the fact that Jay acknowledges how the Auction House “short circuits” the item hunt/ trade. To be clear it degrades the value of items far greater than we all may know. If the current Diablo 3 team can do something about this issue the way we the players value items will increase a lot of the items are not so easily accessable through the Auction House.

    • So you never done something stupid and felt you need to apologize for it?
      Its just in this case the whole event was public so the apology has to be as well.

  15. I really hope Jay reads this comment.

    Jay, you idiot. Without DI or DII, would there be DIII?

    What you proved all along was what gamer’s have been suspecting your whole team of. Arrogance.

    You can’t take a little criticism at all from one of the original creators of the game?

    And that is another thing. Blizzard strives for perfection. Who is the ahole that doesn’t allow the ability to get more Devs to help out with a project.

    This is coming from a guy who played a lot of Diablo III. Truth is I like the game, but seriously lets talk a second.

    It took how many years to dev this?

    Why does the game have graphical lag on my kickass machine?

    Why is the coding so horrible on the server-side that my character jumps all over the screen. Have you seen what they did with Skyrim at a small 6 gigs?

    So if Blizzard is the best in the world (which I am starting to doubt) then why the hell does the dev team you have lack in a lot of key areas that are needed for future gaming?

    Jay, when you acted like that in facebook, it gave me insight to your very small and very spoiled team. You guys are talented and it isn’t like you don’t know your stuff, but I think that arrogance really got to you and you barely think outside the box and look to solutions to modern day PC gaming problems/innovations.

    Diablo III was worth my 60 bucks. It was fun while it lasted. As far as value is concerned, I got 2-3 weeks worth.

    You can tell I am a Blizzard fan, but c’mon guys get a friggen grip. Things could be way better if you ran things correctly, got more devs and put the guys in charge now in a wider training role. Those ‘Trainers’ should never discount innovation and always look for new ways to improve gaming in general if you are to be a truly great for as long as you obviously want to portray.


  16. On hand I find the apology a good one.
    On the other, I still think the response and thought behind the outburst was in poor taste. In any industry, it’s generally a small world and when being unprofessional as “they” were I cannot imagine some bridges weren’t burnt. It’s just not done.

    • In all fairness, Dave was also fairly insulting to the new Diablo team. His lack of support for fellow developers is also something that is “just not done.” Dave should have kept his thoughts private just like Jay thought he was doing.

  17. All of their comments are absolutely hilarious. All of their responses were at about the maturity of a 5 year old. “Hurr durr he made a bad game too”(Hellgate London) Defend your decisions or own up to them instead of acting like little bitches.

  18. “The foundation of the Diablo team was built from the remnants of Blizzard North: Our lead programmer, who built the basis of the Diablo III engine while at Blizzard North; our lead tech artist, who drove much of the combat visuals, FX, and skill direction of our classes and is one of the most avid Diablo II players you can find; our lead concept artist, who helped establish the core look of the game; Wyatt Cheng, our senior technical game designer, who writes many of our blogs and works tirelessly on the live game.”

    Wow … All the people he’s listed up were mostly working on the technical basis of the game, which is – can’t say it enough – the best suited for an arpg I’ve encountered so far (, although “skill direction” might be one overlapping), or it’s art, where it simply lies in the eye of the beholder, if it is liked or not. The problems the game has (, although – again – 1.0.4 IS a step in the right direction, ) are elsewhere. So the mentioned people don’t have to be afraid: Any critique the game is getting is not targeted at their work. (Unless for the taste-part, perhaps.)

    But his apology restores a bit of respect for Jay from my point of view. Especially as it’s sounding sincere and as it was written by himself in all honesty. And that counts for much! As it stands I’m quite happy now about the little dischord in between. Let’s wait and see where the game will be going with 1.1 🙂

  19. He acted really unprofessional and this apology does nothing to change that, but at least he had the balls to own up to his mistake.

  20. I applaud Jay for his comment because IT’S FACEBOOK PEOPLE. IT’S A VIRTUAL DRAMA CREATOR. When I watched Brevik’s interview, I said the same damn thing! D3 is an awesome game, THAT’S WHY US NERDS HAVE PUT HUNDREDS OF HOURS INTO IT.

    2011/2012 Top Games:
    Portal 2 and D3 at launch: $60
    Portal 2 Playtime: 20-40 hours
    D3 Playtime: 500+ hours – And that’s broken? Same price, but over 1000% more play time? Dafuq you talkin’ about, Jay??? Don’t listen to these haters! You kicked ass!!!

    D1, D2, AND D3 are all great games. Jay sees that. Dave should realize that. Fuck that guy (and that Marvel Heroes bullshit). 😕

    • I think it’s refreshing to hear someone speak their mind for once. Unfortunately, he turned back into a brainless zombie with this “apology”. Keep your balls on, Jay! I GOT YOUR BACK.

  21. Of course he’s \sorry for what he said\ – he probably almost got fired because of it, and virtually guaranteed that he won’t work elsewhere in the industry when he’s done there. He never directly apologizes to Brevik in those hundreds of words.

    That isn’t an apology. It’s a narcissistic series of misdirections.

  22. This is hardly an apology. It is backed up by a goddamn essay justifying his remark toward DB.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if Jay also made a personal apology to Brevik. We don’t need to see that, it’s none of our business.

  23. While it isn’t very much of an apology, I can respect that he wasn’t lying. Jay doesn’t want to apoligize nor does he think he should. I respect that the guy didn’t give a fake apology (even though I really think he is an assclown). He isn’t apologizing for the sentiment of his comments, but he is apologizing for the way he said them.

    To anyone putting D3 in the same breath as D1 / D2, get a fucking grip. D1 and D2 were legendary games, D3 is simply an alright / good game.

  24. I’ve always liked Jay, in his interviews he’s always come across as sincere, driven, and passionate about this gig. I accept his apology and I feel this was a nicely written piece. Probably a bit cathartic I might imagine. Honestly, considering the position he’s in right now and the pressure he’s constantly under, I doubt he’d want anyone else to write something so sensitive.

  25. A question for those who followed development very closely….

    Didn’t Jay not know about the /players 8 function when asked in an interview?

    How does he have a whole paragraph crowning himself the most fervent Diablo fan and not know about this feature? Even if we give him a pass on that, how do you have a whole paragraph on your Diablo fandom, be game director of Diablo 3, and tear the joy of the item hunt out of Diablo?

    Just be honest with us and say that you played “some” Diablo when you were younger, and it is an honor to be the game director of D3.

    Don’t feed us bull, especially when you try and slather it with feign sincerity.

    “Joining the Diablo team was a dream come true for me.” A dream come true to work at Blizzard, not a dream come true to work on a franchise you deeply love.

    • So if he always played D2 in multiplayer games he wouldn’t know as you couldn’t use it out side of solo play.

  26. Who cares about the damn apology – this is what matters:

    “Later in the development of Diablo II, the ‘players 8? command — which let people set monster difficulty — was added to address this issue, and we’re considering something similar for the next major Diablo III patch to allow players to make up their own minds about how hard or how easy is right for them.”

    OMG, I made the argument months ago the actual difficulty settings “/players X” styles would do SO much to solve Diablo’s problems! I’m so glad that they agree!!

  27. Shouldn’t have apologized. He was protective of his work. Dave should apologize to EVERYONE for Hellgate: London. THAT was a real turd of a game, meanwhile the D3 dev team are busting their butts cranking out content in patches.

  28. Jay gets hated on quite a bit by the diablo community from what I’ve seen some deserving some not really so much. I personally think this way a good responsible way to react to the situation that probably became larger than anyone anticipated. He swallowed his pride, admitted what he said was disrespectful, and apologized for it. Now I’m sure he may have had a little pressure to do so, but either way it seemed like a sincere enough apology to me.

    Also I like how he comes across as a fan of the series and is willing to admit that the game certainly needs work even beyond the new patch and adding pvp. He even states that “We are committed to making Diablo III the best Diablo game to date, and we hope you’ll continue to help us do just that.” so its not like he saying “we’re the best diablo team ever yea sry 4 wat i said and w/e but d3 is by far the best in the series, just look at the record breaking sales duh”. He recognized the certain room for improvement and seems to be willing to look back to the series past along with a little fan input and even take risks with new systems and maybe one day it will be the best game in the series. Look at how long it took d2 to get near the level its at today? Hopefully D3 will reach that great pantheon of gaming in a more timely fashion though, I still hold out some hope.

  29. I would never apologize to a person that would make cheap attacks on my work and my team.

    I would call him out and would ask what did he do in the last 9 years except giving cheap comments on his ex Blizzard co workers.

    Brevik was as much a failure as Bill Roper when he left Blizzard, both as game developpers and as ex co workers.

    • He has been working on a lot of interesting stuff, but without proper fundings. Dave Brevik would have created tons of great games for Blizzard, as long as he gets the funding.

  30. A whole lot of B.S. and limp-wristed back-peddling. Sorry, Jay, that doesn’t fly around here anymore. “Spin” and “PR” have been worked to the point that we all see through that crap these days. All of us.

    You summed yourself up adequately with your original FB post.

    Apology unaccepted. Respect denied. NEXT.

  31. Jay Wilson should have been fired over this and other reasons. I imagine Morhaime called him into his office and said either offer an apology or clear out your desk.

    Firing might be too harsh of punishment to some but whatever you say in public or put on the internet is a reflection of the company itself.

    • I dont apply here as he stated it is him who at fault and that he said stuff he shouldn’t of done in his statement. That is not an “Non-apology apology” a Non-apology apology would of been a statement along the lines of “I am sorry that the comment made caused offence it wasn’t meant to”.

  32. Can you honestly say the questions were objective? They may have been VALID, but

    \One of the other issues is they have not listened to their community, and they have not analysed what makes up that addictive Diablo experience. What are your thoughts on that?\
    \\As you created Diablo, how do you feel about it? Do you feel a little let down that the legacy has kind of been mashed up?\

    are leading questions, not objective ones.

  33. jay was insecure and defended his game – I think we are all guilty of being insecure about something and have overreacted, however, this isn’t why people are frustrated at wilsons remark. we are mad at his remark because he disrespected a key member of the diablo series (who paved the way for wilson opportunity to make such a remark), because his game will never be what diablo2 was and he is upset about that. imagine, just imagine, if wilson would have respected Brevik’s opinion, or even sought out similar opinions to that of Brevik, before the game was launched or when it was being developed. THIS is why people are mad. The lack of respect to the old diablo2 community was neglected, and now wilson is left with a tide of upset gamers that don’t favor his initial vision. and we are left with a game that is broken, while they (diablo3 team) ask for our support and patience while they ‘fix’ things. haha. all i can do is laugh. what did you do, and what have you done to ever earn our respect. I say to blizzard, hire brevik or ask brevik for advice, if you care about your diablo community.

  34. *Insert controversial opinion about Wilson’s statement and the validity of his apology here*

  35. I loved to read his words. Regardless of the fact that I wanted to throw up when mentioning D3 or Jay Wilson before, I have to admit that the guy deserve my utmost respect after his humble comments. Kudos to him

  36. Big up to Jay for posting that, good to see him acknowledging the AH problems…Looking forward to the next patch

  37. You Mr. Jay have a big issue with self respect and pride – talking trash to your fellow coworker and someone who contributet to the franchise you sir are working on as well, sending your pregnant wife away to play a game for crying out loud – and than insted of just a simple apology you bring forth this soap drama, cheesy just like some parts of the game you guyz did not do such a good job on – let’s be honest…it has some parts of what Diablo franchise built..but also has the most important features missing – atmosphere, immersiveness, crosses and pentagrams :)..the stuff! We accept your apology but do not forget Mr.Jay. Let’s hope Dave does.

  38. Sorry Jay. Forced apologies don’t impress me much. I would have respected you more had you apologized to the community earlier for the poor workmanship… then of course not lobbed childish insults at people who criticized said sloppy workmanship.

    You can REALLY apologize to the community by working overtime with your team to continue to fix game breaking issues that still exist despite the patch. Not sure if it will be possible to ever see a “total fix” but I’m already invested regardless so guess I’ll just have to wait it out and play other stuff.

    • ^ Yes you do that but you also see the apologize being referred to in public for something like this. I mean the thing is it a so-called public insult and as such need a public statement of apology like this is.

      The rest is an explanation to the community as whole about some of the background to what caused the event.

  39. I could care less about Jay Wilson telling somebody to Fuck off. Why are people so easy to get all butt-hurt over something as trivial as that. I love the game and it just keeps getting better.

  40. This game is like the Phantom Menace of the Star Wars franchise or the Crystal Skull of Indiana Jones. A complete abortion that will take years to erase from our memories. Another blockbuster game product of the sniveling corporate douchebag culture that has infested the gaming industry. This is quite a blow to people like myself who are old fans.

    I can’t speak for everyone but this is primarily why I personally hate Jay Wilson and his team of corporate pussies complaining on Facebook about their hurt feelings. I’ll be honest I’m at a point where watching all of them suffer under constant harassment from the community and the media is the only thing that makes me feel better about this whole mess.

    If it pressures them into going back to the drawing board and learning what a Diablo game actually should feel like then so be it. If it prevents future teams from *@#!ing up a Diablo game this badly then even better.

  41. I was indifferent about Mr. Wilson before this episode. After his comments about Brevik, I thought he was a big jerk. Now after the apology I am back to wary indifference. I liked how he shared his experiences with D1 and D2 growing up with his dad, that is what won over my neutral opinion on the guy. I also like how he fessed up that there are problems with D3 and whether or not the apology is just a trite PR move, I believe there is sincerity with wanting to improve D3.

    Sometimes people will say things behind closed doors off the cuff to blow off some steam. Jay was stupid in the moment and didn’t realize the door was WIDE open. I don’t think Jay or anyone else at Blizzard would deliberately say such negative things to Dave Brevik’s face.

    Regarding Jill Harrington… what she might say with irony I say with conviction: ‘Oh, incgamers. Paragons of objectivity.’ 😀 Keep up the good work guys!

  42. I hear when you apologize you simply do it. Apologizing and then droning onto the community about what you are doing with Diablo III isn’t being sorry at all. He simply got caught with his pants down and daddy told him to meet up with PR and hash out a few paragraphs that took 5 days to put out. He’s only sorry he got caught. The community doesn’t need and doesn’t deserve an apology for that comment. They definitely deserve an apology for the story line shipping how it did, and many other flaws (but these can be fixed and the shit story never will). He should have just made a personal call to David and left it at that. Someone shouldn’t be ostracized because of facebook. It is as fucking ridiculous as Olympians being kicked out for tweets. This captain tolerance society that preaches hand holding needs to stop fucking stalking people and needs to learn to shut the fuck up.

  43. ofcourse he have to apologizes because
    1) He get caught
    2) They still have D3 expansion and other Blizzard product to sell

    I just dont get it. Why people feel thankful for the apology from a guy who play big part in raping diablo franchise? He keep denying that by saying the game is not perfect. \Diablo 3 has flaws\ he said. That sound too nice ..in reality the game is far from perfect. Its a piece of shit cover with better graphic, Diablo title and a Blizzard brand on top of it. And those flaws is not just flaws. There are BIG HOLES everywhere!
    Do you stil think there is nothing wrong with crappy story? Jay? Hello…

    Jay : oh hey we(me and my arrogant talentless gang who think they are so talented to the point that no one can critique them) just raped your beloved franchise with our arrogance and greed. We also mock one of the original creator of diablo series just to make one of us(Chris haagwhatever) feels better and boost his ego even more so we can lead d3 to the same shitty direction.
    Jay : **ck that loser! yeah baby! feels better now Chris?
    Jill: Can I lick Jay’s boots more than once?
    Internet : I can see you.
    Jay : oops! we get caught naked. I am sorry! blah blah blah…
    Customer1 : I’m so thankful.
    Customer2 : Jay you are the man.
    Customer3 : So glad! thanks for listen to us…

    …..Guys wake up! the same arrogant team is still there ready to make bad decision and design greedy buisness model. There are something can be fix and add by patch but many things can not. The spirit of Diablo 3 is lost forever along with Blizzard north.

    I know my english sucks, its not my first language and I’m learning it. Sorry about that.

  44. “We think the gameplay is awesome, the world is compelling, and it’s the game we all wanted to play.”

    Yeah see the problem is right here. The gameplay is far from awesome, the world is not compelling and this isn’t the game fans wanted to play. Your Dad must be so disappointed in you.

    “You deserve better than my reaction to Dave’s comments.”

    We deserve better than you. Please quit.

  45. “Because we believe in it, we’ll continue to stand by it and make it better.”

    Simply put, I think the time for that is up, after so many years and what they wrought. Diablo may have proven to be a ‘fast-selling item’ from a commercial point of view. But from a design perspective, even this mighty franchise can’t simply be left in the paws of a pack of rabid badger pups and expected to turn out fine.

    We’ve had this experiment now, we beheld the result. Clearly, what was left of the original Diablo developement team was not enough. And if there’s no remedy for this, then I’d honestly rather see the book being closed than any more chapters being written by the wrong people.

  46. Real grown-ups apologize sincerely and provide context when they make a mistake. I wish more people on the internet did.

    If someone here was confronted about something they said about Jay Wilson and they concluded that while it reflected some of their feelings, it was wildly inappropriate, would they have the balls to own up and apologize? A real grown-up isn’t measured by his mistakes, but by how he or she handles them. I believe Mr. Wilson did just that.

    • I believe he got called into an office and told to head to PR to construct an apology to calm the community. If he wanted to apologize he would have just picked up the phone and made a personal call to David. If he wanted to publicly apologize then he would have only formed an apology, not discussed bullshit about the game to steer people away from the subject at hand. That wasn’t an apology, that was crowd control.

  47. This whole problem could have been avoided if Blizzard bothered to hire devs that actually PLAYED DIABLO 2 for a significant amount of time.

    Instead we got the opposite and now the dev team is just now figuring out what makes a great diablo game.

    We still have years to go on this one…..

  48. The apology wasnt important. The important part is that Jay is pretty commited to “fixing” D3 and that is what we all want. Aye?

  49. I’m guessing his boss was “not amused” by his outburst, and gave him a good and proper reprimanding about such behaviour.

  50. Diablo 3 is merely a shadow to everything Diablo 2 was. It’s like spitting on the plate you eat.

    “It meant countless conversations, debates, scouring websites for good builds, and more than one or two sick days. ”

    So he realized this and… Stopped reading after this.

  51. I’m on Jay’s side.
    Just because game didn’t come out as nostalgic as you thought it would be (like Diablo 2 (the dark and diminishing game that rather would suck in your soul than give you great time)!! ) doesn’t mean that game is bad. Actually. D3 is far more better than D2. Just looking at the way the developers are responding to community actions and making changes to the game. Not to all we agree but still we play the game. The game is great. I assure you that. And spite all the haters.
    To all the gamers in the world. D3 is a great game but with different approach than we expected(it was made by some1 (J.W.) who thought that this is fun and great for him to play.) but that’s where we (community) strike in. We suggest them to make great changes to the game so we would play it. Some of us make our statement really harsh or a bit ironic in their comments. Even too displeasing for developers.
    SO if you hate make yourself hate every fact about this game then why are your still here?!?! Let others enjoy the game as it is.
    Blizz! you are doing great job on this diablo sequel. 🙂

  52. Its a love hate relationship, especially for the gamers who have played Diablo 2 for so many years and some who to this day still do. (like me)

    This site exists because of D2 and so does D3, even jay acknowledged this fact.

    The fact of the matter is Diablo 2 is the BIG BROTHER to Diablo 3, D2 has almost 10 years on its little brother. So if you are going to follow in the footsteps of your sibling be prepared for some feedback, both positive and negative.

    D3 has a lot to prove and long way to go to prove it.

  53. Some of the compelling aspects of D2 were improved in D3, and some of those that were not can still be adjusted accordingly. What made me leave D3 after day 5 was basically story (they crushed the world just as WoW did to WC3) and the fact that even the gold Auction House seemed obligatory, while at the same time showed you how useless your item-hunt would be. And these two cant be changed now. So… bye bye
    [ I wont even say much about the lack of character (irrelevant names for instance) and the freaking lag, or this will take forever ]

  54. I actually have confidence that the D3 team can fix most of the balance/gameplay issues that exist right now. What I don’t think they can fix and haven’t even seen them identify as a problem is the awful story/storytelling that happened in D3.

    They need to cut out the evil/prime evil having a disembodied tempter tantrum / evil tirade at the player character throughout every step of the journey. Stop holding the players hand and let the story develop and use the CGI scenes to bring the cool revelations.

  55. I miss the days back in the early 2000’s, where when people didn’t like a game, they would just not play the game. But, this is 2012, where instead people sit and cry about a game they claim not to like, though play all the time, rather than moving on to a different game.

    Word of advice so those who love D2 and hate D3. Go play Diablo 2! We don’t need you on Diablo 3. Trust me we have more than enough people already playing this game.

  56. damage control piece with a PR spin including a token ailing relative anecdote.

    nothing in that brevik interview came across vindictive or malicious. face it jay, you and your team churned out an inferior diablo product (inferior in the minds of many, but not all, d2 fans…including mine). get over your insecurities and butthurtitude. i personally stopped playing d3 about a month after release, and have had no desire since then to return. i couldn’t help but encounter this story in the news, and just wanted to comment how this taints d3 even more for me.

  57. Well I’m happy since now I no longer will be awaiting:
    a. another diablo game by blizzard
    b. another blizzard game ever

    It feels like a load has been dumped after this event. Clearly blizzard are in damage control for wanting to blur the lines between games and gaming. Greed is the primary motivator behind all this. Long live online only drm to separate the gaming from the games. I can see clearly now!

  58. most of the comments here give me a headache.

    personally, jay had every right to give his personal opinion when discussing with friends. Dave should have commented on the game not the team. he was out of line and he should of expected backlash.

    i have never had a problem with jay. or any team, people make mistakes move on.

    I also bet not one single person in these comments has been 100% perfect at all times.

    get over it.

  59. Yeah for sure it took years to be like it, because blizzard north created the ideay, it’s much longer to create and just copy ideay.

    Jay took 3 month because he just need to take back the old ideay of what blizzard north done and change little bits here and there.

    So no sorry i don’t consider that game up to the Diablo name. They just killed the franchise, and no one will see the name Diablo the same way anymore, especially Hardcore fans, Which i think there more importante when making a game then new comer, because you know hardcore fans will be there to play and replay the game.

    I have saw everything Diablo game come to life, (yes im old) and this D3 we got is not a Diablo.

    There was another game that took very long to come to life, and it was a success, it was Doom 3, took 10 years to have another one but they kept the ambiance and the game it was before and made upgrade to what the old one was, so it was a total success, hardcore fans were still there to play it.

    But i accepte your Apologie Jay, Thank you, but im not playing that D3 game anymore.

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