“Like a lot of you, our staff has been reflecting upon current occasions”.
Blizzard has introduced Joe Shely as the brand new sport director on Diablo four, following the departure of earlier director Luis Barriga amid ongoing legal action by the California Division of Truthful Employment and Housing alleging sexual harassment, discrimination, and a “frat boy” work tradition on the studio.
Shely is a long-time Blizzard worker with sport designer credit on the likes of Diablo three: Reaper of Souls, and World of Warcraft expansions The Burning Campaign and Wrath of the Lich King, and has been a design lead on Diablo four since “the start”.
“Like a lot of you, our staff has been reflecting upon current occasions,” Shely wrote within the latest Diablo 4 Quarterly Update introducing his new function. “Rather a lot has occurred since our final weblog and the arduous work of training the values we aspire to should proceed. In parallel with that essential work, improvement of Diablo IV continues too.”
“Over the previous few years, we have assembled a robust staff with unimaginable ardour for Diablo four,” Shely continued. “You, Diablo’s followers, are a essential a part of this staff. With the assistance of your worthwhile suggestions, we have steadily refined and deepened the sport expertise. Now we have methods to go, and whereas a lot has modified, our dedication to the sport is unwavering.”
Shely takes over the function of Diablo four sport director from Luis Barriga, who left Blizzard again in August – alongside Diablo four lead designer Jesse McCree and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft – because it handled the fallout from the California Division of Truthful Employment and Housing’s lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and discrimination on the studio.
Extra lately, the Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC) and Equal Employment Alternative Fee (EEOC) both announced investigations into Activision Blizzard in relation to the lawsuit, with Activision ultimately agreeing to set aside $18m for workers who skilled harassment and discrimination as a part of a settlement with the EEOC.