David Brevik sheds light on what his version would have looked like.
David Brevik, the co-founder of Blizzard North and creator of Diablo, recently shared his thoughts on the latest entry in Blizzard’s critically acclaimed action role-playing series, which was released well after his departure from the studio.
“I think that Diablo III ended up being a great game, especially after the expansion,” Brevik said on the latest episode of our monthly interview show IGN Unfiltered. “I thought that they added a lot of really great stuff to it that fleshed it out and made it a much better game than I thought that it was at launch,” he said in regard to the expansion content.
Even prior to the Reaper of Souls expansion, Brevik had positive things to say about Diablo III. “I thought that it was a fine game at launch, and I think that it really kind of held up the Diablo legacy,” he added.
Brevik also briefly touched on the version of Diablo III he was working on prior to his departure from Blizzard, noting it would have looked quite a bit different than the version of Diablo III that was ultimately released. “Our art style up north was different than the art style from the guys down [at Blizzard South], and so in a lot of ways it was much more like Diablo II-looking than it was what Diablo III ended up looking like.”
Stay tuned for our full IGN Unfiltered interview with Brevik tomorrow to learn more about his history as a developer, including how a DC fighting game ultimately led him to Blizzard, as well as why he’s responsible for the cancelation of Warcraft Adventures. In the meantime, check out our 20-year retrospective on the Diablo franchise.
Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @alexcosborn.