Diablo III senior producer leaves Blizzard

Steve Parker departs California-based game developer after five-year history at company that involved leading work on dungeon-crawling role-playing game.

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It has been a long road to release for Diablo III. The game was first announced in 2008 and was at one time expected to be released in 2011. However, one of its senior developers is not sticking around to see it through.

Diablo III is now without one if its leaders.
Diablo III is now without one if its leaders.

Writing on Twitter, Diablo III senior producer Steve Parker announced that he is leaving Blizzard and the Diablo development team after five years with the company.

"Hey Twitter, I'm no longer working at Blizzard or on [Diablo III]," he wrote. "I've had a great 5 years there and those guys are going to kill it with Diablo."

Diablo III is currently officially scheduled for an early 2012 release. A recent rumor pointed to the game shipping as early as February 1, but Blizzard was quick to shut down that speculation. Additionally, Blizzard last week announced a host of system changes coming to the game.

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