Diablo Devs Get Nasty in Online Outburst
David Brevik's critique of Diablo III isn't taken well by developers of the current game.
To say Diablo III has had some controversy is putting things somewhat mildly.
Fans have been critical of various aspects of the game -- the Real Money Auction House and the infamous Error 37 for example -- and Diablo fans are both passionate and vocal in their response to the series.
So when Diablo creator David Brevik was asked for his opinion by IncGamers on the new game, his criticisms seemed to hit home for many fans:
"IncGamers: 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?
David Brevik: I have very mixed emotions about it (laughs). On one hand I am sad that people haven’t enjoyed Diablo because it’s a love, a passion, and its obvious people still have a giant love and passion for Diablo and they are speaking out about it because they have such love for it. That makes me feel great.
I am sad because people are outraged and, you know, some of the decision they have made are not the decisions I would make and there have been changes in philosophy and that hasn’t gone over very well. I think in that way I am a little sad."
In response, Diablo III artist Chris Haga posted to Facebook that he felt like he was "thrown under a bus." Various members of the team responded, most bluntly by game director Jay Wilson, who said "F*** that loser" -- a comment which has been since removed from the Facebook discussion.
While some resentment toward criticism is understandable, the reaction to the comments certainly isn't going to help with the image of D3 with many fans.
What are your thoughts on the whole affair?
Scott "Jarimor" Hawkes, Editor In Chief