Two other veterans from the team, producer/designer Chris Bell and "feel engineer" John Nesky, also recently left the developer to form The Willderness. Thatgamecompany's creative director and co-founder Jenova Chen remains at the studio, which is already working on a new project.
Hunicke worked at Thatgamecompany for nearly three years, helping it release Journey two weeks ago. Prior to Thatgamecompany, she spent five years at Electronic Arts as a producer and a designer on projects like Bloom Blox and MySims.
She has taken on the position of "executive design wrangler" at the San Francisco-based office for Tiny Speck, the Vancouver-headquartered social game developer founded by creators of photo-sharing site Flickr, where Hunicke will work on its casual MMORPG Glitch.
Hunicke will work alongside another new Tiny Speck recruit at the San Francisco branch, Justin Quimby. Previously the development director on Electronic Arts' Spore and the engineering director for Turbine's Dungeons and Dragons Online, Quimby joined the social game studio last month.