Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
November 25, 2014
arrowPress Releases
November 25, 2014
PR Newswire
View All






If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


 Civilization  Designer Jon Shafer Goes To Stardock
Civilization Designer Jon Shafer Goes To Stardock
January 4, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

January 4, 2011 | By Kyle Orland
Comments
    3 comments
More: Console/PC, Design



Civilization V lead designer and principal gameplay programmer Jon Shafer has signed on with PC game maker Stardock to work on the company's Elemental: War of Magic series.

Shafer confirmed in a conversation with Gamasutra that he started at Stardock yesterday, nearly two weeks after he announced he was leaving Firaxis, ending a five year relationship with the company that also saw him work on Civilization IV and its expansion packs.

But Shafer told Gamasutra that the move had been in the works for "a couple of months," and that he was attracted to Stardock partly because working for a small, private company "gives more flexibility than you would have at a larger company."

"Stardock is a company I've always been a big fan of," Shafer said. "The thing that really attracted me to Stardock is really the personality of the company, how [CEO] Brad [Wardell] approaches making games, how he approaches the PC platform, how he approaches his community."

In his new position, Shafer says he'll be working closely with Wardell as well as recent hire and Fall from Heaven creator Derek Paxton on the Elemental series and potentially on other projects in the future.

Stardock announced today it had also hired fantasy and science fiction writer Dave Stern to oversee the company's story and mythos going forward. Stern has written a previous Elemental: War of Magic lore book, as well as novelizations for the Tomb Raider game series.

In September, Stardock suffered unspecified layoffs after a mixed reception for the August launch of Elemental, though a company spokesperson noted that most of those dismissals have since been rehired.


Related Jobs

Obsidian Entertainment
Obsidian Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.25.14]

UI/UX Designer
Avalanche Studios
Avalanche Studios — New York, New York, United States
[11.25.14]

Vehicle Designer
Avalanche Studios
Avalanche Studios — New York, New York, United States
[11.25.14]

UI Artist/Designer
Uproar Studios
Uproar Studios — San Francisco, California, United States
[11.25.14]

Senior Game Designer









Loading Comments

loader image