Amid complaints and investigations of sexual harassment and abuse within the company, Blizzard announced a new name to drive the game 'Diablo 4'. Joe Shelly is now responsible for the fourth title in the series. He replaces Luis Barriga, one of the employees who left the company after public revelations about widespread abuses at the site.

Joe Shelly is an employee of Blizzard since 2005 and worked on 'World of Warcraft'. He also has experience in the franchise he will direct, having joined the group responsible for 'Diablo 3' as a senior game designer. Shely made the fourth game team in 2017 and led the playable demo at Blizzcon 2019.


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“As a design lead who's been working on this dark, shared open-world action RPG since the beginning, I'm honored to continue the vision of 'Diablo 4' as its new game director and I'm honored to represent the team it's putting its hearts in this game”, said Shely, on Thursday (7).

The designer continued in the text published in the game blog, stating that the team is “reflecting on recent events”. “A lot has happened since our last blog and the hard work of practicing the values ​​we aspire to must continue. Alongside this important work, the development of 'Diablo 4' also continues”, highlighted Joe Shely.

'Diablo 4' has no release date yet. Image: Blizzard/Reproduction

The new game director also stated that behind the game there is "a strong team with incredible passion". He also promised an “unshakeable” commitment to the company's new title.

“The sanctuary must always be composed of items that glow in dark dungeons. Tales of mighty heroes facing the onslaught of hell. Lands where trials, treasures and terrifying monsters are around every corner, equally familiar and limitless in their possibilities. To do justice to this world is a solemn responsibility”, he added.

In addition to the announcement of Joe Shely in charge, this Thursday also brought some posts on the game channel on YouTube with the audio of 'Diablo 4'. Kris Giampa is the supervisor of this sector. Check out one of the videos below:

There is still no release date for 'Diablo 4'.


The US District Court in California sued Activision Blizzard alleging that women who work there were sexually harassed and were paid less than their male counterparts, particularly at Blizzard Entertainment. J. Allen Brack, president of the company, has resigned.

Between cases of violence against women, former senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi was accused of openly beating female employees and trying to force kisses. Male employees and supervisors needed to physically remove him from the abused women. The former director's behavior was tolerated with “little or no repercussions”. He was just fired in early 2020.

In September, the developer became the target of a Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation over its handling of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse within the company, which led to the subpoena of high-ranking executives at the company, including CEO Bobby Kotick.

Street: PC Gamer

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