Publisher Electronic Arts announced yesterday that Chief Design Officer Patrick Söderlund would be leaving EA to pursue other career opportunities.
Söderlund was the former CEO of DICE who supervised the development of games such as multiple Battlefield games and the Star Wars Battlefront franchise. He was also involved in the creation of the Frostbite engine and transitioned into a management position at EA when the publisher acquired DICE in 2006. Most recently, he was promoted to Chief Design Officer last April.
In a statement posted on EA’s official website, the company’s CEO, Andrew Wilson stated that:
“Patrick has been a trusted business partner and a great friend, and his inspiring leadership has had an outstanding impact on EA. As an integral part of the management team for many years – including as head of Worldwide Studios and, most recently, Chief Design Officer – he’s been an agent of change and transformation."
"From his early vision for Frostbite, which has now become a cornerstone for our technology strategy, to being a champion for Players First experiences, Patrick has always ensured we put creative at the center of everything we do. He has also been unwavering in his commitment to building our pipeline of amazing new games to come, and his fingerprints will be on the experiences that we bring to players well into the future.”
Söderlund still hasn’t announced his plans on which studio he’ll be working with next after his stint at EA, or the possibility of establishing his own company in the future.