Director Jake Solomon is leaving Firaxis after twenty years of labor on Marvel’s Midnight Suns, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and XCOM 2. This comes amid a studio shakeup with a number of senior roles sliding across the company conveyor belt. Firaxis additionally revealed that they’re in early growth on the following Civilization game.
Jake Solomon labored as a artistic director at Firaxis, and in a press release the studio say he was “instrumental in revitalizing the tactical turn-based style.” In a press release on Twitter, Solomon prolonged his gratitude to Firaxis’s founder Sid Meier, the remainder of the workforce, and the followers of his games. Although he’s finest recognized for his work on these influential technique games, he says his future could be in one other style, saying, “I beloved designing tactical turn-based games, however it’s time for different, smarter individuals to push that house ahead.” He continued, “my mind is on hearth with a brand new dream. Time to go chase it.” Solomon hasn’t mentioned the place he’s going subsequent, however no matter he does is certain to make headlines.
Other key roles on the studio slipped round, too. Studio head Steve Martin is leaving after 25 years and being changed by former Firaxis COO Heather Hazen, who has expertise as an govt producer on games Plants Vs. Zombies. Plants vs Zombies RTS, anybody? In a press release she mentioned, “I’m thrilled to have this chance to hold on the studio’s storied legacy” – which is starting with the following instalment of Civilization collection.
Ed Beach will take over as artistic director on the following iteration of Sid Meier’s traditional technique sim, after being lead designer on Civ 6. The studio is constant to assist Marvel’s Midnight Suns alongside that, and are exploring different “new artistic initiatives,” in all probability within the technique style.
Solomon’s departure will in all probability fear some followers, since he’s been very publicly main Firaxis’s main initiatives for years. At least his final game on the studio, the Marvel deckbuilder, was good. According to Katharine’s assessment, Midnight Suns – AKA superhero summer season camp – is the perfect Marvel game but. And for followers that need to maintain onto Solomon’s work for a bit extra, that post-launch assist for Midnight Suns is ongoing and contains subsequent week’s Venom DLC.