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The Coalition's studio head Rod Fergusson will be leaving to work on Diablo

By Kenneth Ang - on 6 Feb 2020, 4:16pm

The Coalition's studio head Rod Fergusson will be leaving to work on Diablo

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Any Gears of War player worth his salt should be familiar with Rod Fergusson - it's a name as synonymous to the franchise as Tom Clancy is to Splinter Cell. But after 15-odd years of working on the sci-fi franchise, it seems the grizzled veteran is finally putting away his gun in search of a new adventure.

And he's found one. Or to be more specific, it found him. The "it" in question refers to Blizzard, who've managed to get Fergusson on board the Diablo team from March onwards. He'll be in charge of overseeing the franchise, which naturally means he'll be taking point on Diablo IV as well. 

Naturally, his departure from The Coalition is nothing if not bittersweet. After all, you'd be a little sad too if you had to leave the team you've been working alongside for more than a decade. Nevertheless, Fergusson is taking it in his stride, and as a final hurrah, hopes that everyone will enjoy the upcoming Gears Tactics, which is set for an April 28 release.

While we definitely won't be seeing Diablo IV emerge as a sci-fi title, it's still pretty exciting to think about how Fergusson's experience with the genre might blend in with Diablo's medieval fantasy themes. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. 

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