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Josh Mosqueira appointed as Diablo III game director

Josh Mosqueira appointed as Diablo III game director

Thu 06 Jun 2013 7:54am GMT / 3:54am EDT / 12:54am PDT
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Promises to address loot and auction house issues in new role

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Blizzard has appointed Josh Mosqueira as the game director for MMO Diablo III, replacing Jay Wilson who stepped down in January.

Mosqueira joined Blizzard in May 2011, and prior to that spent just over two and half years as a creative director with Ubisoft, working on Far Cry 3. His resume also includes time at Relic, Vicarious Visions and Dream Mechanics, and time teaching and working as a freelance writer and designer.

At Blizzard he's made it clear he wants to address balancing in Diablo III, both through the way loot is distributed and the controversial real money auction houses operate.

"Itemisation is one of our big focuses for Diablo III moving forward. We want items to feel more meaningful, and we want players to be excited about the next loot drop. Our goal is to make the loot experience more enjoyable for ALL players," he explained in a post on Battlenet.

"We're also looking into ways to reduce the impact of the Auction House. While we think the feature does provide a lot of value, it shouldn't feel like the end-all-be-all force driving character progression."

6 Comments

Mbuso Radebe
Associate Producer

53 11 0.2
This is great! Congrats Josh!

Posted:10 months ago

#1

Paul Gheran
Scrum Master

129 27 0.2
Is Diablo 3 still a thing? I feel like I'm in the twilight zone, especially after reading this:

"Our goal is to make the loot experience more enjoyable for ALL players,"

How about the game experience? Welcome to the changed face of the 'games' industry. Get out while you can.

Posted:10 months ago

#2

Andrew Watson
Programmer

79 135 1.7
Haven't you heard, Paul? D3 is an auction house simulator!

Posted:10 months ago

#3

Tom Pickard
Lead Environment Artist - Campaign Map

308 382 1.2
I hope they manage it.. As the woeful end game balancing, shocking auction house, and repetetive dungeons broke the replayability of the game for me and I haven't gone back.. Which is a shame as I was enjoying it a lot then bam spend 90% of your time in the auction house to get slightly improved gear...

Posted:10 months ago

#4

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

953 804 0.8
Balance? Is this the same company which said "there is no such thing as too much power" concerning balancing before D3 was released?

Ironically, the balance issues are not with skills or items, but with classes which can move while dealing damage to their surroundings and classes which cannot. Every game breaking build is basically a variation of "run & gun" gameplay, while the "weaker" classes have to go through repeating cycles of "run-stop-unload". Not they were weaker, but rather slower. Which is a source of unbalance in an endgame focusing on [XP/minute & kills/minute = drops/hour].

Hopefully the console releases push the game further towards its hidden nature: a dual thumbstick shooter.

Posted:10 months ago

#5

Axel Cushing
Writer / Blogger

83 101 1.2
I would ask "Are you going to stop treating your PC players like galley slaves and let them play single player offline?" 'Cause, you know, if they can make a PS4 edition that doesn't require a constant Internet connection, there's exactly zero reason not to extend that same functionality to PC.

Posted:10 months ago

#6

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