Blizzard announces that Diablo III game director Josh Mosqueira has now left the company, with the former director set to seek other opportunities elsewhere.
It’s fair to say that Blizzard is one of the powerhouses of the video game industry. Be it through the huge success of recent multiplayer shooter Overwatch or the seemingly unbeatable MMO that is World of Warcraft, the developer has maintained a constant run of standout hits in recent memory. However, it looks as though there are going to be some changes behind the scenes, with Diablo III losing its director.
Blizzard has confirmed that the director of Diablo III, Josh Mosqueira, has left the company. Mosqueira was the director of the acclaimed action RPG from 2013 onwards, and has left Blizzard seeking other opportunities. “With Diablo III in a good place at this point, Josh felt that now was a good time to pursue other opportunities with minimal impact to the team,” the developer revealed to Polygon.
The question of who will fill Mosqueira’s shoes still needs to be answered, however, and Blizzard has not let much slip with regards to this. “We’ll be filling the director role either from within Blizzard or externally,” the developer stated. For both parties in this instance, though, it seems as though the split was amicable, as Mosqueira shared a positive message on Twitter praising the “team and community” of Diablo III.
Thanks to an amazing team and community! Forever #diablo— Josh Mosqueira (@joshmosq) July 2, 2016
The news of this departure follows the reveal that Blizzard is on the lookout for a game director for a new Diablo project. However, it still remains to be seen as to exactly what this game will be. There have been some suggestions that the title could be a sequel to Diablo III, while others believe that the game will either be another expansion for the game or a spin-off of some other form. However, with Blizzard asking for someone with a “stellar track record of shipping AAA games” and a desire to “lead the Diablo series into the future,” it seems like top quality will be required from the successful candidate.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that this job listing means the end of Diablo III. The game has seen a tremendous run of form, with a large player base after numerous updates, and the title is considered one of the best local multiplayer games on the market. Nonetheless, with the original game released back in 2012, some may suspect that Blizzard will be looking to expand beyond the franchise’s current lineup.
Blizzard, meanwhile, has plenty more to keep it occupied at the moment. Overwatch has become one of the go-to shooters on the market at launch, and with the release of ranked competitive play the game’s popularity is no doubt bound to increase even more. Hopefully, whatever Diablo project is in the works will prove to be just as popular.