Takes on the 'holy grail of game design positions'.
With Rock Band 3 nearing completion, Harmonix lead designer Dan Teasdale has announced he's leaving the MTV Games studio and joining Twisted Pixel - the studio behind The Maw and Splosion Man.
Writing on his blog last week, Teasdale said that working at Harmonix allowed him to accomplish many of his life goals, but his rise through the ranks at the music game studio had meant spending less time doing what he enjoyed most.
"I want to be able to help drive the vision and direction of a game, but at the same time be hands on and physically implement and iterate on the low level of making games in a more substantial way than time affords me when working as a lead on multi-hundred person titles.
"So, with Rock Band 3 now design complete and on the final path to 0 bugs, GM and distribution, I decided to do that. Today's [July 2] my last day in the office at Harmonix. Tomorrow, I hop on a plane and fly down to Austin, TX, where I'll get ready to start work at Twisted Pixel on a ridiculously cool new project. It's the holy grail of game design positions - I'll get to contribute and help drive the direction of a well funded and supported new title with a close knit superteam, while at the same time being hands on and able to directly impact all aspects of the game."
Twisted Pixel is currently putting the finishing touches on Comic Jumper.