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PlanetSide 2′s Creative Director Leaves Studio

Daybreak Game Company has had a lot of shakeup since breaking off from Sony and changing its name from Sony Online Entertainment. The waves haven't settle yet; now it seems that PlanetSide 2’s creative director Matthew Higby has decided to resign from the company.

"Today was my last day on the PlanetSide 2 team and at Daybreak games," said Higby in a post on Reddit, "This is a move I've been considering for a while now, and the reorganization provided the right opportunity for me to exit."

"Planetside 2 is in great hands, with terrific people who honestly care about the game and the players. I can't stress this enough, the folks working on every aspect of the game, developers, marketing, community are talented, hard working people who care more than you can imagine – I'm fully confident they're going to do an amazing job on the next leg of the journey."

PlanetSide 2 is still headed for PS4 something this year; for more details on the game check out our impression of the PC release here.

[Source: Reddit via GamesIndustry.biz]

 

Our Take
It's not usually a good sign when creative directors leave just after layoffs and corporate restructurings. Hopefully those who recently left Daybreak will be able to find a good home, and that Daybreak's upcoming roster of games will find their developmental footing again.

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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]

 

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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.

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