Diablo 3 lead designer Jay Wilson has apologised for comments made on Facebook directed towards Diablo creator David Brevik.
Earlier this week Wilson responded on Facebook to Diablo III criticism made by Brevik, stating: "F*** that loser".
However, with time to compose his emotions, Wilson has issued an apology, stating Brevik "deserves to be treated with greater respect".
"As many of you probably know, I recently made a comment on Facebook about Dave Brevik. I want to make it clear that I am very sorry for what I said," wrote Wilson on the Diablo 3 forums. "I have higher expectations for myself than to express my feelings in such a rash way and disrespect a fellow developer like Dave, someone who deserves to be treated with greater respect.
'Dave is awesome. In Diablo and Diablo II, he made two of the games that have most affected me as a developer.'
"What I said was expressed out of anger, and in defence of my team and the game. People can say what they want about me, but I don't take lightly when they disparage the commitment and passion of the Diablo III team. Dave is awesome. In Diablo and Diablo II, he made two of the games that have most affected me as a developer. I respect his vision for Diablo, but just like he said in his interview, the Diablo III team must drive a vision for the game that is true to us. We believe in Diablo and have stuck by it through years of hard development to make it a reality.
"The foundation of the Diablo team was built from the remnants of Blizzard North: Our lead programmer, who built the basis of the Diablo III engine while at Blizzard North; our lead tech artist, who drove much of the combat visuals, FX, and skill direction of our classes and is one of the most avid Diablo II players you can find; our lead concept artist, who helped establish the core look of the game; Wyatt Cheng, our senior technical game designer, who writes many of our blogs and works tirelessly on the live game. All these people and many others made the commitment to Diablo even after Blizzard North shut down. It was hard for me to see their contributions be diminished by someone they worked alongside, and even harder for me not to try to jump to their defence. I only wish I'd done so in a more professional manner."
You can find Wilson's message in full here.