Well now, the Diablo franchise just got a wee bit more interesting. Prominent Epic and Microsoft developer Rod Fergusson announced last night that he’s moving on from his long tenure overseeing the Gears of War series to work on a different franchise entirely: Blizzard’s Diablo, which is currently due for not just Diablo 4 but Diablo Immortal.
“I began working on Gears of War over 15 years ago and since then, it has been the joy of my life,” he tweeted. “But now it’s time for a new adventure. I leave Gears in the great hands of The Coalition and can’t wait for everyone to play Gears Tactics on April 28. […] Starting in March, I will join Blizzard to oversee the Diablo franchise. Leaving is bittersweet as I love our Gears family, the fans, and everyone at The Coalition and Xbox. Thank you, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all.”
It’s not entirely clear what’s going on with the franchise’s last boss, but a small group of players on the Diablo subreddit is freaking out, accusing Fergusson of “ruining” Gears of War with microtransactions. The larger video games sub, on the other hand, seems to be hoping he’ll save Blizzard. Order more popcorn, folks.
When we last mentioned Fergusson, we’ll note, it was last year, when he gave an interview saying that he had tried to cancel the then-in-development Fortnite while he still worked at Epic.