Producer for Gears of War Will Help Irrational Bring BioShock Infinite Home
Yesterday saw the departure of two key figures in Irrational Games’ staff. Nate Wells and Tim Gerritsen both left the BioShock studio, with Wells saying that Scott Sinclair, the original BioShock art director, is more than capable of bringing the project home. Things don’t seem too strained at the moment, so let’s not start the Doomsday predictions yet.
Now we see the entrance of Rod Fergusson, Gears of War producer and Epic Games big man. It was confirmed just now that he has left his position with Epic to join Irrational Games, just in time to pick up a large pile of the pieces left by Gerritsen and Wells. Fergusson brings all the knowledge of various producing roles that he held while with Epic Games. It wasn’t just Gears of War titles either that he’s worked on.
Speaking with Kotaku, Irrational’s Ken Levine wouldn’t say exactly what Fergusson will be doing for Infinite, but did talk about the departures of both Gerritsen and Wells.
“In a company of 200 people you’re going to have turnover,” said Levine. “We never like to see a guy like Nate leave because he’s been here for a long time but it’s been 13 years and I think sometime people want to spread their wings. I’m not going to stop people. We love Nate and I think we all remain friends. After 13 years he sort of finished his work on BioShock Infinite, as you will be able to tell when you see the game again … I think Nate’s moving on to something else.”
Via the Verge.