Most game developers would kill to leave the kind of footprint Thatgamecompany has left on Sony’s Playstation Network. flOw was decent first effort, Flower is one of the best games available digitally and Journey, having been out for under a month, has already become the fastest selling PSN title yet. For some, however, this type of success breeds the desire to do even more. Such is the case with the developer’s co-founder and former president Kellee Santiago, who has left the company.
“After doing these three games, I think it was a really great opportunity for all of us to look at what we’ve learned and what I’ve taken from that experience, and go forth and take it into new arenas,” Santiago said (via Gamasutra). “My hope is that I can take what I’ve learned and use it to support more teams, more projects… and really, hopefully, help in accelerating the growth of video games as a medium.”
Santiago’s departure does not appear to be due to negative circumstances, and there is no apparent ill-will between the two parties. “While we want to continue the path of Thatgamecompany, Kellee has found a new direction in her career,” reads a statement from Thatgamecompany.
Another member of the staff, producer Robin Hunicke has joined upstart developer Tiny Speck. These departures follow on the heels of Bryan Singh‘s move to The Behemoth and Chris Bell‘s founding of a new studio called The Willderness.