Game development

Diablo IV introduced its new game director

Following the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard by the state of California this summer, Blizzard let go of several longtime developers in senior positions. Among them was Diablo IV’s game director Luis Barriga. Blizzard has now officially held the position with fellow longtime Diablo series designer Joe Shely, they announced in a blog post.

Blizzard has released another of its quarterly Diablo IV update articles. This month begins with a post from Shely, previously head of design on Diablo IV, who also worked on Diablo III and World Of Warcraft, who acknowledges that “a lot has happened since our last blog”, which goes back to June.

“Like many of you, our team has reflected on recent events,” said Shely, adding that “the hard work of putting into practice the values ​​to which we aspire must continue.” As far as the recognition of “recent events” is concerned, that is about it. Shely discusses the importance of sound design in the world of Diablo and delivers the update message to those responsible for talking about this area of ​​game development.

At the time Blizzard announced they would let Barriga and other employees go, they said, “We already have a full and talented roster of developers in place and new leaders have been assigned as needed. We are confident in our ability to continue to grow, deliver incredible experiences to our players and move forward to ensure a safe and productive work environment for all. ”

Diablo IV is still in full development, to our knowledge, with no year or release date announced yet. This means that there is still a lot of work to be done for the entire Diablo IV team now led by Shely. “We have a long way to go, and while a lot has changed, our commitment to the game is unwavering,” Shely also said in the update post.

In order to avoid mixing them up too much, this is the result of just one of the many workforce and workplace issues Blizzard is currently facing. The Communications Workers Of America union has also filed charges against ActiBlizz regarding the rights of employees to self-organize. The SEC is also investigating the company for not disclosing the issues to investors. They also pledged an $ 18 million settlement with the EEOC over another case of sexual harassment and discrimination.