Timonium, Maryland-based developer Big Huge Games (Rise of Nations, Legends
) has announced the hiring of Morrowind
lead designer Ken Rolston to create a to-be-announced RPG for the company.
A 25 year industry veteran, Rolston's credits extend beyond his work in video game sphere with Bethesda on the Elder Scrolls
series to pen and paper RPGs such as Paranoia
. The move brings Rolston out of the retirement he announced
in May of 2006.
Founded in 2000 by a number of ex-Firaxis developers and designers whose credits include Alpha Centauri
and Civilization II
, Big Huge Games has most recently been developing a conversion of tabletop strategy game Catan
for Xbox Live Arcade, coming in the first quarter of 2007.
"A chance to work on a Big Huge Game with Big Huge Games? Who could resist?" said Rolston. "I had planned to retire and rest on my laurels after Oblivion
, but Tim and his army of visionary charmers came along with a strikingly original and cunning concept for a console RPG...so now I'm back in the harness and chomping at the bit!"
Added Big Huge Games president Tim Train, "Ken's addition marks a bold new direction for Big Huge Games. We remain committed to creating real-time strategy games such as past hits Rise of Nations
and Rise of Legends
. At the same time, we've explored developing a role-playing game for several years now. Ken is a fantastic fit for us on every level, and gives us the leadership we need to be confident of success in our new venture."