Rod Fergusson has decided to join Blizzard to oversee Diablo 4, and potentially future installments, after spending years working on the Gears of War franchise. He will leave his role as the head of The Coalition sometime in March.
Do note that taking charge of the Diablo franchise will also put the infamous smartphone entry Diablo Immortal under Fergusson, as well as any other unannounced Diablo-related projects.
Starting in March, I will join Blizzard to oversee the Diablo franchise. Leaving is bittersweet as I love our Gears family, the fans, and everyone at The Coalition and Xbox. Thank you, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all. pic.twitter.com/0FuO3RFYSQ
— Rod Fergusson (@GearsViking) February 5, 2020
Fergusson has worked on the Gears of War franchise since the very first game back in 2006. When Microsoft acquired all rights to the franchise in 2014, Fergusson was tasked to lead the then newly opened The Coalition for just Gears of War games. Overlooking any criticism for any particular installment, something that can’t be denied is that the Gears of Franchise grew and saw immense success under his capable guidance.
Fergusson may prove excellent for Diablo, a franchise that has lost it way in recent years. The fourth sequel is currently promising to make amends by returning to “darker roots” and being more gritty than the last installment. However, the wait is going to be long. Diablo 4 remains without a release date and is reportedly in early stages of development. Latest speculation pins a release somewhere in 2022 at the earliest, meaning that Fergusson can start investing his thoughts into the game right now and mould Diablo 4 according to what he deems best.
That being said, Blizzard has assured that Diablo 4 will be shaped based on what majority of fans and players want. The developer previously announced a “cool” reveal event planned for this month where several topics of discussion are supposedly going to be covered. This will be the first in a series of quarterly updates where Blizzard will share behind-the-scenes looks at development.