World of Warcraft producer leaves Blizzard to help out the Star Citizen team.
Alex Mayberry, a game industry veteran who most recently held the position of lead game producer over at Blizzard, has officially decided to take on an executive producer role at Cloud Imperium Games (CIG).
This role gives Mayberry the chance to manage CIG’s distributed development process across all studios, both owned and contracted. Mayberry himself will be reporting directly to CIG’s co-founder and CEO, Chris Roberts, with his duties beginning immediately.
Chris Roberts stated, “t think we could have found a better fit than Alex Mayberry for helping me manage Star Citizen’s development. Alex brings a wealth of experience in managing very large online games with huge communities, including the biggest of all, World of Warcraft.”
He went on to add, “Star Citizen has grown from my crazy dream to one that is shared by more than 400-thousand other crazy dreamers, with new ones joining every day, all united in attempting to build the most ambitious space sim and sandbox game ever. What makes this quest even tougher is that we are committed to do this in a fully open environment, with the ongoing involvement of the community, and sharing portions of the game as it’s developed for feedback while working on the bigger feature set. That means even though we’re a ways out from the full game being finished, we are still in a live environment with an enormous number of users. That brings a whole new set of challenges.”
Alex’s experience in managing a live game while at the same time developing new content, as he did with World of Warcraft, will surely help the Star Citizen team out, Roberts believes. Said Roberts, “As a long-time veteran of Blizzard he has an almost fanatical commitment to quality and playability, which makes him a great fit creatively. He has a sterling reputation in the industry, having helped manage many successful teams and he’ll bring that same kind of winning style to Star Citizen.”
“After 10 years at Blizzard, I didn’t think that there was anything that could ever get me to leave,” Mayberry chimed in. “But then Chris invited me to come check out Star Citizen, and after seeing the game and listening to Chris talk about his vision, I knew that I had to be a part of it. Star Citizen is bold and ambitious, with a unique and innovative approach to game development. I am extremely excited to be joining the talented people at Cloud Imperium Games, and I strongly believe that together, with Chris Robert’s direction and the support of the player community, we will set a new standard for AAA games.”
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