Following up on a recent story we published regarding Blizzard seeking a Game Director for an unannounced project in the Diablo universe, we have just been informed through a Polygon article covering the same news item that Josh Mosqueira has left Blizzard Entertainment. You should be familiar with this name, as Josh stepped in for Jay Wilson as the Game Director on Diablo III shortly before the announcement of Reaper of Souls at Gamescom 2013.
Polygon states that they received an email confirming Josh’s departure:
In an email to Polygon, Blizzard confirmed that Mosqueira has stepped down as director of Diablo 3 and is no longer at Blizzard.
“With Diablo III in a good place at this point, Josh felt that now was a good time to pursue other opportunities with minimal impact to the team,” Blizzard said in an email. “We’ll be filling the director role either from within Blizzard or externally.”
With a bevy of positions popping up on the Blizzard Careers page for this unannounced project and several marquee names that worked on Diablo III leaving Blizzard recently (Leonard Boyarsky, Jay Wilson, Brian Kindregan), it certainly seems that a vast amount of change is afoot. This news could fuel further speculation that this next project is indeed a brand new game ala Diablo IV rather than an expansion to Diablo III.
Josh also tweeted later in the evening to say thanks and goodbye:
Thanks to an amazing team and community! Forever #diablo
— Josh Mosqueira (@joshmosq) July 2, 2016
Hop into the comments to wish farewell to Josh and let us know how you feel about this shake up.