Josh Mosqueira has taken over from Jay Wilson as Diablo III game director.

Wilson left the role in January this year after a turbulent nine months.

Mosqueira steps up to the role from his position as lead on the upcoming console editions of Diablo III. In a lengthy introductory post on Battle.net, Mosqueira discusses his past, working with White Wolf on pen-and-paper RPG Vampire: The Masquerade, and a number of popular game franchises such as Homeworld, Company of Heroes, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, and Far Cry.

“Having a heavy background in pen-and-paper design—specifically in telling stories and building worlds set in realms of horror and fantasy—I was immediately drawn in by Diablo,” said Mosqueira.

“When I joined Blizzard, I was entrusted with the responsibility of helping to determine whether it would be possible to create a console version of Diablo III and working on what that might look like. I took this responsibility extremely seriously as I wanted to ensure that the legions of players new to the series on console could experience the magical combination of action and treasure hunting that Diablo is known for.”

“My goal has been to help keep that core magic formula going strong with Diablo III, and to continue refining the game, initially for the console version, and now for the game as a whole.”

On the future direction of the series, Mosqueira said, “In the year since Diablo III launched, we've made good strides, but there are still things we can improve and new surprises in store for everyone.”

“We'll be focused on preserving the core fantasy by cultivating the roots of the Diablo storyline, fine-tuning the heroes for what lays ahead, and creating new monsters and demons that will once again plant the seed of fear in your hearts.”