Patrick Soderlund, Chief Designer of U.S. publisher, EA, is stepping down from his position after nearly two decades in its service.
CEO, Andrew Wilson, made the announcement to all EA employees in an open letter, available to view on their official website. He states that after a long time working with the company, Patrick is now ready to “begin a new chapter” from this point onward.
Patrick first started out as CEO of Battlefield developer, DICE. It was from here that he quickly rose through the ranks of EA’s management. Once he acquired a studio in Sweden, the number of technological advancements and creative changes he introduced were game changing. The most prominent being the development of the Frostbite engine, which became the primary strategy of game design for EA’s future installments such as the Battlefield series, FIFA 17-19 and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.
Patrick was also huge contributor for the “Players First”directive, which hoped to aim EA in a new direction of making games more defined and efficient. Wilson says in the letter, “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”.
Neither Soderlund or Wilson has made a comment on where the former chief will be heading next. But its clear that losing such a innovative designer will be leave a big hole in the company. Once Patrick moves out over the next three months, Wilson will be rallying many of the high-ranking members of EA to try and continue where he left off.
The SEED team, led by Johan Anderson, will be taking the reigns in the design areas. Jason Wozencroft will lead the studios with a unified, UX approach to the games and services. Finally, the EA Originals and EA Partners teams led by Rob Letts will be taking over the Strategic Growth group, solidifying the new direction in its organisation.
Andrew Wilson finishes the letter saying, “Thanks again to Patrick – he will always be a part of our EA family. And thank you all for leading us forward”. We all wish him the very best.