|Rock Band dev joins Twisted Pixel|
|Posted: 05.07.2010 11:31 by Simon Priest||Comments: 0|
Senior designer Dan Teasdale of Rock Band studio Harmonix has left the team and now resides at Twisted Pixel, working on a "cool new project."
Rock Band allowed him to "auto-complete" his personal achievements for gaming, so he wants a fresh set, leaving behind a "design complete" RB3.
"Working on something like Rock Band basically allows you to auto-complete most of the achievements on your life list," Teasdale, reports .
"Make a game with unique controllers", "Make a game I'm not sick of after making it", "Make a game that makes first parties do anything to help you" and "Make a game that hits the zeitgeist" all got annihilated in the course of a few years."
Yeah, Rock Band is a real curse of accomplishment alright. "At some point during all of this, I forgot to keep track of what achievements I was going for. The sheer fun of crafting new experiences for players puts everything else in the background."
"Sure, the hit from releasing the title and seeing people enjoy your games was still a big part of it, but I craved the hit of being hands on." Teasdale prefers to be an engineer himself over some grand scheming conductor of many engineers, it seems.
"It's 100% of your job as a staff designer, but as I became a senior and then a lead on AAA titles with 200+ people on them, the ability to chart the vision and the direction of a title starts to encroach how much time you can spend tweaking the details personally."
His solution has been to up sticks and go work for Twisted Pixel, maker of 'Splosion Man and the upcoming Comic Jumper. "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," he said.
A happy ending? We'll have to wait and see if this 'cool project' is anything cool before we can decided either way. Rock Band 3 is complete in design so at least that's something. Check out the latest trailer for Twisted's Comic Jumper.