Jade Raymond, who had taken over as lead for the Star Wars open-world video game project at Electronic Arts’ Motive Studios, has left the company according to EA. Samantha Ryan will be taking over the duties at Motive Studios formerly held by Raymond.
IGN reached out to EA for a statement regarding this corporate move and received the following response back:
“EA Studios is focused on bringing more creative new games and content to players. Laura Miele and her team have taken several steps internally to better support our game makers in this pursuit, such as expanding Samantha Ryan’s portfolio to lead additional studios, including Motive. Samantha is known for driving creative design and supporting game teams so they can bring their visions to life. She is a deeply experienced game-maker with a gameography that spans from The Sims to Batman: Arkham City to No One Lives Forever to the highly-anticipated Anthem. With this change, Jade Raymond has decided to leave Electronic Arts. In her time with us, Jade helped to build great teams, and our projects underway at Motive and other studios continue unchanged. We’re appreciative of all of her efforts, and we wish Jade all the best as she moves on to her next adventure. We are driving greater creativity into everything we do across EA Studios, and we’ll look forward to sharing more in the months to come.”
It remains to be seen how/if this change in leadership will affect the development and eventual release of the new Star Wars title.