The mastermind behind the graphics and user experience of Diablo 3 has expressed regret and apologized in public after calling his forerunner “loser” on Facebook.
Jay Wilson, the genius who worked on Diablo 3, addressed a very strong public statement against Dave Brevik, the man behind Diablo 1 and Diablo 2, when he said “F*ck that loser” on Facebook.
Wilson asserted that he only defended his brainchild, but several negative feedbacks later, he decided to write a sincere and open apology over his caustic Facebook comment.
The “loser” remark was hot on the heels of an interview where Brevik made several derogatory commentaries on the gameplay in Diablo 3.
Wilson, irked by the disparaging statement, got extremely angry and quickly bore an attitude of arrogant superiority.
Thankfully, the upsurge simmered down after he received backlash and realized his mistake. and we find him in much more of an accommodating mood.
In a more accommodating tone, Wilson explained he was only in defense of his team and regretted that he did not do it in “a more professional manner”.
The open letter reads,
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.
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.
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