Diablo III game director Jay Wilson has apologised on the official Diablo III forums for a Facebook post he made regarding original Diablo creator David Brevik.
In an interview with IncGamers earlier this week Brevik was critical of Diablo III, and Wilson responded on a Facebook thread regarding Brevik's comments with “F*** that loser”.
“I want to make it clear that I am very sorry for what I said," began Wilson. "I have higher expectations for myself than to express my feelings in such a rash way and disrespect a fellow developer like Dave, someone who deserves to be treated with greater respect.”
“What I said was expressed out of anger, and in defense of my team and the game. People can say what they want about me, but I don't take lightly when they disparage the commitment and passion of the Diablo III team.”
In the lengthy post, Wilson reiterated his love for the Diablo creator and his games, and lamented the manner in which he had responded to criticism.
“Dave is awesome. In Diablo and Diablo II, he made two of the games that have most affected me as a developer. I respect his vision for Diablo, but just like he said in his interview, the Diablo III team must drive a vision for the game that is true to us.
“It was hard for me to see [his team's] contributions be diminished by someone they worked alongside, and even harder for me not to try to jump to their defense. I only wish I'd done so in a more professional manner.”
He also outlined some of the past and future challenges for the Diablo III team, before directing his attention to Diablo III players.
“I'd like to apologize to all of you, the players in our community. You deserve better than my reaction to Dave's comments. You deserve more honest communication about the game and what we're doing to make it a more awesome experience for us all.
“We care about Diablo very much, and appreciate your passion for it. Without you, we wouldn't be able to do this, and for that I can't thank you enough.”