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Diablo 3 Has Lost THREE Major Devs!

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These are names you probably know, and now they're off our beloved game.


 
In a surprising bout of news, three major Diablo devs have turned up as having been moved off the project, or even having left Blizzard. The three devs are: Leonard Boyarsky, John Yang and Don Vu. While this didn't all take place over the last few days in some kind of mass purge, it has just come to the community's attention. 
 
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The most notable to us long term PC players would be Diablo III's Lead World Designer Leonard Boyarsky.
 
Boyarsky was a key designer at Interplay during the time of Fallout, and is credited for the vision behind the series aesthetic. Vault Boy is actually a Boyarsky concept. He also was a co-founder of Troika, the studio responsible for lauded cRPGs such as Arcanum and Vampire. It would appear that Boyarsky has hooked up with fellow Troika founder Tim Cain at Obsidian Entertainment. Obsidian also has roots in the franchise as they produced the 2010 Fallout: New Vegas.
 
While it is a loss to Blizzard, this does have many who grew up playing turn-based isometric cRPGs in fits of excitement. Thanks to Mr. Boyarsky for bringing some of his game magic to help make Diablo III the title it is today!
 
 
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The second face is also a familiar one to Diablo veterans, and it belongs to long-time item designer John Yang. Yang has been known to be incredibly interactive with the Diablo community through sites like Twitter, and often has engaged players in design discussion openly. He also frequently played the game, something many players really enjoyed seeing. While he is responsible for a great number of fun Legendaries, probably the most sneaky one implemented into the game was a bow for which he is the namesake: unique_bow_104_x1_demonhunter_male.pngYang's Recurve.
 
Mr. Yang appears to have moved to another Blizzard team, and is now working on World of Warcraft's Legion. Thanks Mr. Yang for your creative and interactive efforts to improve Diablo III for the players! 
 
 
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Last on the list is Don Vu, the man who headed up class design of the Monk and Wizard classes in Diablo III. It would seem that Mr. Vu has also moved in-house, and has joined Mr. Yang as a WoW: Legion developer. 
 
Well, I am not sure what is happening down at Team Diablo, but it seems quite large. There are a variety of possible explanations, as for a long time Blizzard has practiced freely moving devs where they are needed. The question for many though, is where does that leave Diablo III? With massive amounts of free content having just been released, and the all these job posting and dev changes cropping up, what could be in store?
 
My most optimistic view has me wondering if hiring as well as positions shifting around doesn't indicate that perhaps Blizzard is undertaking the next step in the franchise. A new entry into the series would see longtime employees evaluating if they really wanted to commit to another entry in the franchise, or pursue another endeavor for awhile. Game devs as a bunch tend to love giving a game their all, and then moving on to another title. Often this is another genre or even company. Perhaps this shifting of current staff and the attempts to acquire new blood signal the next phase of Diablo's evolution. Perhaps I am just hoping this is the case. Either way will only reveal to be true as time passes.
 
What do you think is going on?
 
Thanks for stopping by guys, and please leave comments and thoughts in the box below!
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I think when Blizzard started to hit other genres (Like MOBA with Heroes or FPS with Overwatch) they had it coming, they had a big sub decrease on WoW and I think it was obvious, you focus on 3 projects at the same time, specially when you have such a big project like WoW, you're definitely gonna weaken atleast one of them! 

And this is what the majority of players have in mind, they need the bigger team on World of Warcraft. The game itself is becoming bigger and more detailed but the team is the same. Now that they started to strengthen the staff, I think we can see better changes for Legion. hopefully <3

 

But for Diablo, well.. I don't see a bright future since they don't even have an expansion in mind, unless they really hit over 12 mil subs for wow again (and not just for the month legion releases, for a while) and a big sale for Overwatch to have enough to invest big on diablo. They can't keep all of them alive since both WoW and Diablo are RPG games and they need the same amount of content, but since WoW is far more important to blizzard, they are planning to save WoW first.

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