In 2013, Wargaming acquired Gas Powered Games, the studio founded by Chris Taylor, creator of franchises such as Dungeon Siege, Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander, an acquisition which pretty much saved it from closing its doors. Fast forward to now, more than three years, and we find out that Chris Taylor has left Wargaming about three weeks ago without making or even announcing a single game.
While we were expecting some sort of big realtime strategy game – Taylor seemed like a perfect fit for the World of Tanks developer – we didn’t get any announcement. Chris Taylor decided in fact to leave because he wore himself out:
“Between Gas Powered Games and Wargaming, it was an eighteen year stretch and I wore myself out and didn’t realize it,” Taylor told GamesBeat. “I’ve decided i need to take a few months off, regroup, and recharge before I dive into my next thing.” Taylor’s next move is setting up a smaller indie studio.
Wargaming confirmed this, acknowledged Taylor’s value to the Wargaming Seattle studio and made the following statement:
“Wargaming can confirm that Chris Taylor, general manager of Wargaming Seattle, has resigned from his position. We thank Chris for his passion and excitement, where he was instrumental in growing our Seattle team into a world class developer. As head of development Matias Myllyrinne has put it, ‘Chris is a seasoned leader and one of a kind creative visionary whose projects inspired a whole generation of people to pursue a career in video games. He has laid down the foundations for Wargaming Seattle. On behalf of everyone at Wargaming, I’d like to thank Chris for his many contributions over the years and wish him all the best in his new endeavors.'”