Electronic Arts has announced that Doug Church, the noted former Looking Glass and Ion Storm programmer, designer, and manager who has worked on titles from Ultima Underworld
and System Shock
to Deus Ex
, has joined EA Los Angeles as an Executive Producer.
Reporting to Neil Young, Vice President and General Manager of EA's Los Angeles studio, Church will work with the game makers at EALA to create new intellectual properties, apparently an important part of EA's strategy for the studio moving forward.
Until May 2005, Doug was at Eidos Interactive, where he played a broad creative and technical role for the company. In 2004 he moved to the Bay Area to collaborate on the pre-production and design of the Tomb Raider
reinvention at the company's Crystal Dynamics studio.
Doug is also an active member of the development community - he serves on the board of the Game Developers Conference, as well as being a notable participant in the Experimental Gameplay Workshop and the Indie Game Jam, and was the subject of a Gamasutra interview
late last year.