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标 题: zz Bill Roper Interview after departure!!!!!ZZ
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Tue Jul 1 01:15:48 2003), 站内信件
We speak to former Blizzard North vice-president Bill Roper about the
departure of the studio's management and these former Blizzard
' new plans.
Earlier today, Blizzard Entertainment revealed that the Blizzard North
Erich Schaefer, Max Schaefer, and David Brevik, plus Blizzard vice
Bill Roper, have left the studio responsible for the Diablo series,
has sold more than 10 million units worldwide. The four held the key
positions at Blizzard North, with Brevik as president and the others
vice-president titles. We talked with Bill Roper on the phone this
to get his perspective on the group's departure and their plans to
a new game company.
As surprising as the announcement may be for fans of the Diablo games,
may be even more surprising to know how quickly the group made the
to leave. Roper said that the departures were the result of a series
very quick events. Indeed, the first time the group will meet to
their company plans in depth will be tomorrow morning. But what they
for sure is that they want to start a new game project.
Roper said, "We made a very difficult decision. We love everyone at
... at the San Mateo office and at Blizzard in Irvine." And in
this personal well-wishing, he did reveal other reasons for wanting
Blizzard North continue on, and said, "I want to play Diablo."
Asked what role Vivendi Universal's corporate management had to play
decision, Roper admitted that was a big part of it: "We wanted to
level of involvement [in deciding the studio's direction] that was
to be made available. For the interests of the people that we work
we should have been able to talk to the people that make the
that knew what was going on." But in further describing Blizzard's
, he said, "It's the same challenges we always faced. I have
doubt that they will keep fighting the good fight. We tried to leave
in a good place, and I honestly expect that Blizzard will continue to
The group's future isn't limited by employment contracts or
. Roper said that there's nothing "to stop us from approaching this
we'd want." Lacking such legal constraints, the new game company may
current Blizzard employees at some point in the future.
Roper repeatedly mentioned how very excited the group is at the
that lie ahead. The four have worked as a very tight knit creative
, according to Roper. The Schaefer brothers are artists by training
is a programmer, and all have been project leads and designers as a
of Blizzard's philosophy that has developers wearing many hats.
Starting over as a "lean and mean" company will grant them new
. In fact, Roper is sure that they'll initially come with too many
and will have to trim back to find the great one. He also admitted,
love to be talking with publishers" and mentioned that interested
could get in touch on the company cell phone at 650-207-6030 (serious
The company's next steps are to decide on a name and set up a Web site.
can expect to hear more concrete details on the company's future
By Sam Parker, GameSpot [POSTED: 06/30/03 06:06 PM]
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