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Watch Dogs lead leaves Ubisoft, joins EA

Jamie Keen exits Ubisoft Montreal, joins Need For Speed team EA Gothenburg.

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Watch Dogs' lead game designer Jamie Keen has left Ubisoft and joined EA, his online CV has revealed.

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According to his LinkedIn profile, Keen, who also acted as lead game designer on last year's Far Cry 3, left Ubisoft Montreal in February to join EA Gothenburg as a gameplay producer.

Keen presumably joins Gothenburg (aka Ghost Games) to work on the studio's unannounced Need For Speed title, which is expected to use EA's Frostbite 2 engine and be in development for next-generation consoles.

Criterion is also reported to be working with Gothenburg on the project.

There's some confusion over the exact dates as to when Keen departed Ubisoft. His CV states that he left during February 2012. However, he was still working on Far Cry 3 until late 2012, suggesting that he may have actually left during February 2013.

It isn't yet known how Keen's departure will affect development on Watch Dogs, which is due to release on current and next-generation consoles and PC later this year.

A Ubisoft representative told VideoGamer.com that it was "not able to comment" on Keen's departure.

 



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Has this already been posted?

 Nintendopie  Was obviously right and I was obviously wrong. I will forever be a lesser being than them. (6/16/13)

What can we expect?

Some guy running around and making your car crash by using all sorts of weird machines/hacks in the next Need For Speed.

That's dissapointing hopefully, that studio makes something other than need for speed.

Whatever he makes, it had better sell 5 million copies, or he'll be looking for another job come New Year's

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So I guess then the game won't be as good as people want it to be? Considering it seems that he left mid-development after all.

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EA pays more?

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yes it was money.

 

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I think people are focusing on EA to much.

What does this mean for Watch Dogs? Why did he quit while he was in the middle of developing it?

 Nintendopie  Was obviously right and I was obviously wrong. I will forever be a lesser being than them. (6/16/13)

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He left because he thought micro-transactions were a good idea and Ubi said no?

“It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it.”

- George Orwell, ‘1984’