Blizzard Confirms Departure of ‘Diablo III’ Art Director, Look Of Game Won’t Change

Blizzard has confirmed to MTV Multiplayer that “Diablo III” art director Brian Morrisroe has decided to leave the company.

A company rep says his departure won’t change the look of the game.

Here’s what a Blizzard representative told Multiplayer via e-mail:

Regarding Brian, he recently resigned to form a startup technology company (outside the game industry), which is why we’ve posted about the open position. This change won’t impact the game…we’re really pleased with the look and feel that Brian helped create for Diablo III, and the new person we bring onboard will work with the other artists on the team to maintain the art style moving forward.

Morrisroe’s departure, which incidentally comes after much controversy surrounding the game’s colorful new art style, prompted Blizzard to put up the job listing, first reported by Kotaku earlier today.

When I sat down with lead “Diablo III” designer Jay Wilson last week to talk about the team’s design choices and his thoughts on fan-altered screenshots, he told me that Morrisroe was the one who spearheaded the franchise’s design changes. Specifically, I asked who we should blame for the rainbows. Wilson said:

“If you want to blame anyone for the rainbows, you’d blame our art director Brian [Morrisroe]. Because Brian is more the person who drove the art style into where it is. But it didn’t really come directly from him. What he brought to the art team was concepts and ideas — the idea of contrast, the idea of using color more, the idea of going for a more stylized look. Because what we were looking at before was more photo-realistic. Really trying to get something that looks like a painting — that was his goal. But the actual result of that came from the art team. And a lot of the environment guys, and some of the texture artists, they’ve all kind of chipped in to try and get the feel of something that was very unique.”

Stay with MTV Multiplayer for lots more “Diablo III” and Blizzard news.

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