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XNA, Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live Founder Boyd Multerer announced his departure from Microsoft this week after 17 years with the company. Multerer revealed the career change via his Twitter account, saying “Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do so…
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Spec Ops: The Line narrative lead, Evolve writer leaves 2K

Walt Williams, a writer at 2K Games and lead narrative designer on Spec Ops: The Line, has left the studio. Williams revealed his departure via Twitter, saying he was “sad to announce” that September 5 would be his last day.

Williams clarified that…
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PopCap co-founder Vechey leaves, PopCap working on ‘all-new’ Peggle

PopCap co-founder John Vechey is leaving his role as CEO at the Plants vs. Zombies 2 developer. In a departing message shared by EA, Vechey notes that his leave follows a sabbatical, which allowed him to “step back and appreciate what I have in life,…
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Konami veteran Dave Cox leaves company after 17 years

Dave Cox, a Konami veteran of 17 years, has decided to leave the company to “explore new opportunities.” …

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Ex-Vigil Games Founder Leaves Crytek, Forms New Studio

Several ex-Vigil Games developers have left Crytek Austin to form Gunfire Games. The new company is considering attempting to return to the Darksiders franchise.

In an interview with Polygon, ex-Vigil founder and ex-Crytek U.S. head David Adams says that a recent exodus of talent from Crytek's Austin wing. Adams said, "Forming another independent studio was something that I thought about because of what was going on. It got to the point where people were starting to leave… When you make a game, one of the most important elements of that is the people you work with. You could get 12 of the best developers in the world and put them into a room and they may not make a good game."

Adams also cited a lack of good communication between his studio and Crytek as another motivation for his departure. All of the members of the small new studio Gunfire Games are ex-Vigil employees.

Adams and his coworkers left Crytek's Hunt in the midst of development. Adams said that attempting to make another Darksiders games is "one of the options" Gunfire is considering. Any new Darksiders game would have to be made in partnership with Nordic Games, which now owns the property.

[Source: Polygon]


Our Take:
Between Gunfire and the newly formed Dambuster Studio in the UK, here has certainly been a huge exodus of talent from Crytek recently. It seems that the company's recent financial struggles are taking a toll. However, it's great to hear any kind of talk of a new Darksiders game. – The Feed

Mass Effect creator Casey Hudson leaves BioWare’s orbit

Casey Hudson, longtime BioWare employee and executive producer of the Mass Effect series, has departed the company, Studio General Manager Aaryn Flynn revealed on the BioWare Blog. It doesn’t sound like Hudson is leaving to join another company or,…
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Nintendo’s indie spokesman leaves company

Nintendo’s digital distribution business development manager Dan Adelman, who was the indie outreach specialist for the company, has left the company. Adelman was banned from Twitter by Nintendo last year for showing sympathy for gamers frustrated by…
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Report: Square Enix CTO leaves company

Yoshihisa Hashimoto has left Square Enix, citing personal reasons for the departure, according to a Game Watch report that was confirmed by Polygon. Hashimoto worked as the company’s Chief Technology Officer, most recently serving as technical…
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Square Enix CTO Yoshihisa Hashimoto leaves company

The company names senior tech staffer Remi Driancourt as leader of its Luminous Studio engine development project as it seeks a successor. …

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Homefront’s future uncertain as director leaves Crytek

The ever-troubled Homefront franchise appears as if it has been unable to lift the curse that seemingly rests upon it. According to Kotaku’s sourcesHomefront: The Revolution‘s game director, Hasit Zala, has resigned from Crytek UK, leaving the game’s future looking pretty shaky. It seems as though there has been a slew of departures from the studio recently, as staff have either left or are openly looking for a new job. 

Those that have left include Crytek UK development manager Ben Harris, and studio head Karl Hilton has also said he will be leaving his post, albeit for another within the company. There have been persistent rumors about staff going unpaid for long periods of time as Crytek struggles through financial difficulty, and if the studio’s senior management continue their exodus to greener pastures, we could end up with a company with no direction and no unity. 

All this spells serious trouble for Homefront‘s prospects. The open world shooter debuted shortly before E3 this year, giving hope that business was continuing as normal at Crytek; whether these latest developments have a damaging impact on the game, we will just have to wait and see.

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