But it still praises Blizzard. But it still praises Blizzard.
David Brevik – former Blizzard North boss and lead developer of the first Diablo – would have taken a different direction for the series if he had something to say about it.
The creator left the famous studio in 2003, three years after the premiere of Diablo 2 . Later he worked on various other projects, including the less successful Hellgate: London. As a consultant, he supported the work on Path of Exile and – most recently – Torchlight: Infinite.
“Well, it wasn’t the direction I would have gone in, but I don’t have any choice. I left Blizzard and it is their IP so they can go the directions they want to go in,” he says. “I think they have done a good job with Diablo and I look forward to new products in the IP.
Players often compare new parts to the legendary ones – especially Diablo 2. Brevik modestly adds that his games are not necessarily better, and expectations should be adapted to the current conditions.
“I think it is really difficult when people compare Diablo today with Diablo 2,” he continues. “Firstly, people have a tendency to look at Diablo 2 through rose-coloured glasses, and it makes it hard to compare any new product to something that people remember so fondly.“
“Secondly, games have changed so much in the 20 odd years since it came out; competition, the number of products, maturity of the industry, game-theory education, all sorts of factors make it harder to make something ground-breaking.”