LucasArts president Jim Ward surprised the developer on Monday with news that he was leaving the company he’s been with for nearly ten years.
In a prepared statement sent to Kotaku shortly after we broke the news of his departure, Ward sang the praises of a game development company he says he’s helped reboot.
“I am so proud of all people and the work we’ve done together at LucasArts over the last four years,” he wrote. “It’s been an incredible experience. Together we’ve rebooted the company and set LucasArts on a path to even greater success. This is a fantastic team and they are positioned for their best year ever.”
Margaret Grohne, PR director for the game development arm of Lucas Films, said LucasArts found out about Ward’s decision Monday evening.
“He told the company he was leaving for personal reasons and he didn’t elaborate on that,” she said. “He is leaving in a couple of weeks.
“We are starting a search for a new president and in the transition Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing, will be stepping in. He has been with the company for over 25 years and very intimately connected with the games business. “
Ward’s departure, Grohne said, will not impact release dates or development schedules for any of LucasArts’ games.
“We have a really strong line up for 08,” she said. Ward “has a very strong team in place and he has set up a very strong company. He is leaving us in a very good place.”
“We are sorry to see him go. He’s been with the Lucas film organization for over 10 years and he has definitely contributed quite a bit to our organisation.”
Ward was scheduled to speak at next week’s D.I.C.E. conference in a talk entitled “Breaking the Broken Model!”, but LucasArts confirmed he will no longer be attending the event.