Monday, July 9, 2018

"How a Diablo expansion led to behind the scenes trouble"

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“The head of Blizzard South, Allen Adham, went on vacation,” said Jim Edwards, a programmer at Synergistic. “The parent company took that moment to say, ‘Okay, we have to find somebody to make a Diablo expansion pack.’ And basically, the expansion had to be done before that guy came back from vacation, because he was dead set against an expansion.”

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Blizzard North’s leaders tended to speak up when Hellfire clashed with Diablo’s grim-dark setting and tone. “That was a sticky situation where we all wanted the game to be successful,” said Dave Brevik. “I think the Synergistic team did a pretty good job. There were just certain requests we made, and they were summarily ignored. The one instance I remember the most is this teddy bear quest. A girl lost her teddy bear or something, and I didn’t want the quest in the game. It ended up being in the game. They guaranteed it would be removed, but in the end, it wasn’t.”