Diablo fans should be excited about this news.
Blizzard has a lot riding on Diablo IV. Its most recent release, Warcraft III: Reforged, hasn’t been well-received by fans. It’s lost a number of leaders over the last few years. And yes, Diablo III has sold tens of millions of copies, but Blizzard can’t have Diablo IV either struggle at launch or hit a period of development hell that keeps it in drydock for a year or two longer than it wants.
Enter Fergusson. He has a well-earned reputation as a “closer” – someone who knows how to get a studio on-track, hitting deadlines and putting out excellent games. (See the excellent story from USGamer in our “Beyond GamesBeat” section.) His resume includes Epic, Irrational Games, and Microsoft, and he’s helped “on-fire” projects like the original Gears of War and BioShock Infinite.
Now, we don’t know if Fergusson has been brought in by Blizzard because Diablo IV is “on fire.” Maybe he’s always wanted to work on it? It could also be a sign that, after the release of Gears 5, all is well at The Coalition and he’s searching for another challenge.
Regardless, Blizzard should come out a big winner with this move – as should Diablo fans. Fergusson is one of the game industry’s most well-regarded team leaders, and his experience should prove to be an asset for both Diablo and Blizzard.
I’m excited to see how this turns out.
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–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor