Former designer for WoW, StarCraft II, and Diablo IV announces his departure from Blizzard

    
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If you’re a fan of live or developing Blizzard titles like Diablo IV, World of Warcraft, or StarCraft II, you were also perhaps a fan of developer David Kim, who worked as a lead systems designer, principle game designer, and game balance designer of those titles respectively. With that in mind, Kim’s 14-year tenure has officially wrapped up as he announced his departure from Blizzard by sharing some final photos from the studio campus.

Kim first gained notoriety as one of SC2’s top tier random format players before becoming a developer on the game. From there, he moved to work on Diablo IV, and then was plucked from that team to help develop Shadowlands.

“Just wanted to say thank you so much especially to many of the most passionate players in the SC2 community,” Kim wrote in a Reddit post. “I’ve learned a massive amount of the value of being completely transparent on the game design side in order to get help from players who have put in so much effort analyzing the reasoning behind every design decision. Definitely a lesson that I’ve learned so strongly and am hoping to apply it in anything else I work on in the future.”

sources: Facebook via Wowhead, Reddit
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ashiru_1978

I don’t really care anymore about Activision B or the games they make. Just Diablo 4 that will be Online-only due to their greed is reason enough not to care about them. If I buy Diablo 4 and want to play single player, if I don’t have internet connection I can’t play. If I’m on a laptop and power cuts out, my internet dies and I get disconnected mid-session, so I can’t play. If I go out in the mountains where there is no internet, I can’t play it on my laptop.

I can’t play the game I bought. If this is not the biggest scam ever I don’t know what is.

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Blaaznar

It’s 2021, not 1997; people playing PC games offline are not on top of anyone’s priority list.

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Nathan Aldana

Thats not really a modernity thing so mu8ch as a “corporations are greedy assholes who will be the ruin of the planet” thing.

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Bruno Brito

This makes no sense.

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KoboldWhite

I’m sure that he can be replaced by someone fresh out of college who can be paid 60% of living wage for the Irwine, CA area, and who will be happy to supplement themselves by driving an Uber.

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ashiru_1978

Activision is already outsourcing its game development to Asia. Warcraft 3 Resomething was developed by a Malaysian studio. They don’t even need to hire interns in the West – just have a security guard at the door and some janitors to simulate activity and that’s it.

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jimthomasUS

This is bad news indeed for Blizzard. David Kim was a “fixer” who came to the WoW team in November 2020. I’m guessing he said “screw this.”

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Bannex

Or blizzard looked at the class imbalance in shadowlands and said “screw this.”

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Danny Smith

And they dont stop goin’
And they dont stop goin’
And they dont stop goin’
And they dont stop goin’
And they dont stop goin’