Watch Dogs screenshot
Watch Dogs screenshot

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 that it was "not able to comment" on Keen's departure.

Source: LinkedIn

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TazRakune's Avatar


I would rather try Watchdogs than NFS any day. Especially since NFS is an EA title. I think Jamie Keen made a bad move.
Posted 05:23 on 06 March 2013
EverTheOptimist's Avatar


I hope this doesn't cause issues for the game, I'm really looking forward to seeing how it pans out. New NFS though, that'll be tasty.
Posted 14:22 on 05 March 2013

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Release Date: 27/05/2014
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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