Hey guess who’s the new Director of Design at ArenaNet?

This guy. I start in a week and a few days.

The story is long and complicated. The tl;dr version is that I went out there on a lark–and then fell head-over-heels in love. Isaiah did an amazing job of setting the table… but it was all the people that I met there there that sealed the deal.

It’s a big step. I won’t be making games directly any more – I’ll be studio level, shepherding teams and growing people. I’m… sort of thrilled about how difficult that sounds. It’s exactly what I want to be doing right now.

(It doesn’t hurt that their games are amazing, of course. 😉 )

This… does mean that Lisa and I are moving back to Seattle. Those of you who know us well probably remember that we swore several blood oaths that this would never happen. Don’t worry! Our souls are in no danger. See, we’re moving to Bellevue. And any Seattleite will tell you: Bellevue is not Seattle. Blood oaths intact!

I’ve had nine amazing years at Ubisoft. It has been the best experience of my career. In many ways, I was forged by that place. I leave it full of gratitude for everything I was given the chance to do there, a profound love for all the amazing people who make that place what it is (imagine hundreds of FB tags here), and a bright hope for the company’s future. I look forward to playing all y’all’s games, now and into the future. (Take good care of For Honor, you guys! We did a great thing together. I can’t wait to see where you take it from here. )

So, hey ArenaNet! And hey, Seattle! We’ll see you on July 17th!