Diablo IV developers allege mismanagement, crunch and disturbing creative decisions in new report | Rock Paper Shotgun

December 8, 2022

Diablo IV developers allege mismanagement, crunch and disturbing creative decisions in new report | Rock Paper Shotgun:

Employees also spoke about the “disturbing” creative decisions by Sebastian Stępień, the former creative director on The Witcher 3 and head writer on Cyberpunk 2077, who became creative director on Diablo 4 in 2019. Stępień allegedly undertook a rewrite of Diablo 4’s entire script, creating what multiple employees called the “rape version” due to repeated references in the script to the rape of a love interest, and to the script referring “to this female character as the raped woman as her primary description,” according to the Washington Post.

Two employees also told The Post of a line in the script which read, “And then she was raped, brutally”, and that employees would repeat the punctuation out loud to each other, “comma, period – alarmed by the direction Stępień had gone with the script.”

Maybe it’s time to just let Blizzard burn.

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