[citation][nom]steve360[/nom]Fuck that loser.Whoever replaces JW needs to have their head screwed on correctly.[/citation]I'm not going to rush to blame him for everything since there's no way to tell how many of the problems were caused by decisions made by his superiors.
[citation][nom]timw03878[/nom]Diablo 3 wasn't a failure.Stupid people bought it in mass.Every financial indicator that a company looks at says the game was a huge success.The sheep bought it, which is a huge signal to any developer that they should keep making the games just that way."allegedly remarking" I found that funny...[/citation]
I'm sure that this "success" will lower the number of pre-purchases they will get with future products, their brand took a big hit. From being considered a rock solid developer who always made good quality products where the tons of fans pre-purchased w/o thinking to beeing met with suspicion, read reviews and loose sales. - Success is both short and long-term, short term it was a gain but it will bite them in the ass later!
[citation][nom]rantoc[/nom]I'm sure that this "success" will lower the number of pre-purchases they will get with future products, their brand took a big hit. From being considered a rock solid developer who always made good quality products where the tons of fans pre-purchased w/o thinking to beeing met with suspicion, read reviews and loose sales. - Success is both short and long-term, short term it was a gain but it will bite them in the ass later![/citation]
I second this. D3 did infact sell A WHOLE LOT but they only have to thank D1&2 for their sales "success" because that's where the trust and reputation came from (plain and simple). Much like a new Bond movie rides on the success of the previous one, people are going to buy it, as long as the previous one was any good.
The second you start making crap, you're going to loose a lot of your fanbase. Granted, a portion will always dump money on the product because of the branding (regardless of who's behind it), while others look for the best and don't buy "Nike's" just for the sake of the "Nike's" branding.
Now it's quite evident to me that he is abandoning ship at this point, leaving a big forestfire for someone else to put out.
I REALLY fear that as soon as the name "Jay Wilson" even remotely gets associated with any future game, the sales will go down the toilet (again because of history and reputation).
I'd say, Blizzard would have to get on their knees and bring back the old crew. That's the only way for the order to be restored!
Maybe D3 has a chance to become a decent game now? Too bad, wherever he's headed to will fail. D3 is the last Blizzard game I will ever pay money for. They've forgotten what it takes to make a good game.
So this guy botches Diablo III, doesn't listen to the fans who DON'T want always online DRM, releases the game pre-maturely, (I think this dev. cycle was second only to Duke Nukem Forever in terms of years / $ spent), AND calls one of the co-founders who actually helped release the original Diablo that was a huge success, he calls that guy a loser? w...t...f...
Don't transfer this a$$ to ruin another IP, fire him! And don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out!
I doubt he will be moved to another project as game director. Blizzard know this guy just costed them way more than D3 sells. The letter he wrote was basicly just a way for Blizzard to put fire him nicely and quietly.