Diablo 3 game director Jay Wilson is to move off the Diablo 3 project to work elsewhere within Blizzard, Wilson told the game's fans on Battle.net.
"I wanted all of you to be some of the first to know that I've made an important decision about my future, and how that decision will affect the future of Diablo," wrote Wilson.
"I recently celebrated my seven-year anniversary working on Diablo III, and while it's been one of the most challenging and rewarding periods of my life, I've reached a point creatively where I'm looking forward to working on something new. The powers that be at Blizzard have been gracious enough to give me that opportunity. Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be moving off of the Diablo III project and transitioning elsewhere within Blizzard. This decision was not an easy one for me, and not one I made quickly, but ultimately it's what I feel is right."
Wilson then moved to reassure Diablo 3 fans that his departure will not negatively impact the ongoing development of the game.
"The first thing I want to assure you all is that this will not negatively impact our ongoing support of Diablo III. The game was not made by one person, far from it, and the team that poured their passion and considerable talent into it isn't going anywhere. We have lots of things planned for the future, and those plans will carry forward as normal," wrote Wilson. "I also won't be abandoning the team, and will remain available to them during the transition period while we determine who will take over duties as game director."
He added: "I'm leaving Diablo III in good hands, and my departure will not jeopardize the progress of the game as we continue to do what we do: listen, play, and improve.
"You are the most passionate, dedicated group of gamers a designer could hope to have. I wish you all the best, and want to thank you for making this an amazing experience for me. Keep your axes sharp, your spell books handy, and that crafty devil in check"