Bill Roper, design director for Cryptic, says that he prefers the "darker, more realistic" Diablo to the "Blizzard interpretation" of Diablo III.
Speaking in an interview with VideoGamer.com, the ex-Blizzard North exec said he does not think that the new Diablo looks bad as such, just that he liked the more gritty version better.
"You know, I liked the darker, grittier. I liked the differences in art style, to be honest. So, I think I would personally, from a player standpoint, prefer that.
"I think that one of the things that we always tried to get across was that Diablo was Gothic fantasy, and I think there was just a need that was put in there from the visuals that I didn't necessarily get," he continued.
"I got it from the architecture and to a degree from the character design but not the feeling of the world. I can't say that I dislike it. I didn't look at it and go, 'Oh my God that's horrible.' But I looked at it and went, it's not really... To me, as a player, it just didn't really ring with Diablo."
Say it ain't so, Bill. More through there.