The lights are on
Jamie Keen was the lead designer for both Ubisoft's upcoming Watch
Dogs and last year's beloved Far Cry 3, but now it looks like he'll be
working on the next Need for Speed project for EA.
A few super sleuths have caught onto the fact that Keen's LinkedIn profile has recently been updated to reflect the fact that he "left Ubisoft Montreal in February to join EA Gothenburg as a gameplay producer." This could mean that Keen is helping work on the next-gen Need For Speed title, which is expected to use EA's Frostbite 2 engine. Ubisoft has declined to comment on Keen's possible departure. Keen is already familiar with EA, since he worked at Battlefield developer DICE a while back.
[Source: VideoGamer via NeoGaf]
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Hope nothing with Watch Dogs is lost
This is very interesting news. You really have to wonderful how this affects Watch Dogs.
Lol....1 guy goes to EA (the devil of video games ;)) everyone is scared shitless for other games from Ubisoft. 1 GUY! It's not like there are more than 1000+ other employees there, right?
You guys don't understand that Ubisoft Montreal has over 3000 employees. You're acting like they're a small studio and their lead guy left. Relax, the game will still be amazing.
This doesn't seem to make much sense (other than money most likely). You leave Far Cry 3, which was an incredible game, and Watch Dogs, which is looks to be the must have launch title for next-gen, to go to Need for Speed? Seriously?
All this tells me is that Watch Dogs is just in debug phase. A lead leaving in the middle of a design phase of production hardly ever happens, so he probably left when his game was stable under it's own legs.
I'm calling shenanigans. It's a little hard to choke this down as factual.
Need for speed undercover remake in the works??? Would be fun if u could do stuff outside of your car
So let me get this straight. You lead on games like Watch Dogs and Far Cry 3 to get involved with a Need For Speed game? Wow...
I hope it was for alot more money cause otherwise that sounds like a really messed up career move.
Don't know if this is solid news, but if he did move, I really wonder why. Being the lead on Far Cry 3 and Watch Dogs? Those are some serious credits, especially if Watch Dogs turns out as good as it should. And unless EA Gothenburg has more up their sleeve than a Need For Speed game, what is brewing there that could get his attention? It would make more sense if he went back to DICE. But even if it is true, his involvement implies a crossover with the design sensibilities of Far Cry 3 into Watch Dogs, which should ease those who are hesitant over it being highly scripted.
Son of a whore don't go to EA you fool.
oh oh... REALLY bad news, EA is well known for screwing up all the games they buy from other developers -.-