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Diablo III's senior producer departs

Blizzard Entertainment's Steve Parker announced he will be leaving his role as senior producer, and therefore detaching himself from Diablo III's ongoing development.

"Hey Twitter, I'm no longer working at Blizzard or on D3. I've had a great 5 years there and those guys are going to kill it with Diablo," he tweeted this Saturday, later adding, “Yeah, probably should have used a better verb than 'kill it' about D3. They're going to do an amazing job.”

Though he did not say where he was going, Parker told followers he was looking forward to “bigger and better things” and that he would share his future plans on Twitter when he was able.

Parker's departure comes as development appears to be wrapping up for the long-awaited action role-playing sequel. Blizzard sent out a list of tweaks and refinements last week, indicating the studio is now polishing the title to a fine shine before releasing it into the wild.

“Our job isn't just to put out a game, it's to release the next Diablo game,” wrote Jay Wilson in a recent blog post. “No one will remember if the game is late, only if it's great.”

In short: quit bugging Blizzard about a release date, already!

Matt Bradford wrote news and features here at GamesRadar+ until 2016. Since then he's gone on to work with the Guinness World Records, acting as writer and researcher for the annual Gamer's Edition series of books, and has worked as an editor, technical writer, and voice actor. Matt is now a freelance journalist and editor, generating copy across a multitude of industries.