Blizzard's Jay Wilson, game director on Diablo III, has announced that he is moving on to other projects within Blizzard.
"I've reached a point creatively where I'm looking forward to working on something new," he said in a forum post. "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 stated that the development of Diablo III would continue as planned, but Blizzard will soon be looking for a new game director. "We're looking forward to finding this person and hearing what kind of fresh ideas they can bring to the table."
He also communicated his thoughts on Diablo III's long development cycle and launch in May of 2012. "I know some of you feel we fell short of our promise to release the game "when it's ready." While we're not perfect, we try to make the best decisions we can with the information and knowledge we have at the time. That doesn't mean we always make the right decisions, but if we made a mistake then I feel we've made an exceptional effort to correct it."
The next major update to Diablo III, patch 1.0.7 is currently in development and will add a PvP dueling system as well as make many other adjustments. Blizzard recently let the community know that its promised full, separate PvP mode is being overhauled and has no current release date.
In late 2012 it was also revealed that Blizzard is working on an expansion pack for Diablo III, though no specifics are yet known.