From Diablo 4 Lead Systems Designer to World of Warcraft Principal Game Designer: it's not uncommon for developers on the Blizzard team to bounce between games and positions, but David Kim seems to be the jack-of-all-trades among the devs. Kim's move to the WoW team was probably due to the crunch just before the Shadowlands expansion, which as we know had to be postponed and will now be released on November 25, 2020.
WoW: Lead System Designer David Kim moves from Diablo 4 to the WoW team (2) Source: linkedin

Kim spent his longest time on the development of Starcraft 2, until he switched to Heroes, only to end up back at Strarcaft a short time later and is now joining the WoW team after working on Diablo 4. What effect this has on the work on Diablo can only be speculated, since the development of the 4th part seems to be still in an early phase and Kim's work there was certainly not finished yet. Kim's role on the Diablo team will be replaced by Joe Piepiora. The lead system designer has been working on Diablo for a while and has been promoted within the team.

This is not the first time the WoW team has pulled developers from Diablo to change Blizzard's MMORPG. Back in early 2016, John Yang and Don Vu were integrated into the WoW team from Diablo. The influence of the two was directly visible: WoW (buy now €14.99 )

Legion delivered an entire expansion with Legendrays, the world quest system was adopted from Bounty, the Great Nephale Portal system was transferred to Mythic-Plus, and the random factor has played an increasingly important role in WoW in recent years. So the diablofication of WoW seems to continue. We are curious to see which Diablo features will find their way into the Shadowlands.

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