Here’s a huge Friday bummer for PlanetSide 2 fans: You’re losing your much-loved lead dev. Executive Producer and Head of Rogue Planet Games Andy Sites announced this afternoon that he’s moving on from the Daybreak team. “It’s with a heavy heart that I share with you today that I will be leaving Rogue Planet Games,” he tells fans. While he doesn’t say where he’s headed next, he does announce his successor – or more specifically, his successors.
“In my absence, I will be handing the reigns over to Michael Henderson (our Lead Game Designer, aka @Wrel) and Chris Farrar (our Technical Director) to co-lead the Rogue Planet Games studio and PlanetSide franchise. Michael and Chris have both taken on expanded roles on PlanetSide 2 over the past several years; through their continued leadership, along with the rest of the growing Rogue Planet Games development team, I can assure you that we are in good hands.”
Daybreak was recently bought up by Swedish company Enad Global 7, which gave investors piles of details on the success of the games, including the fact that the 2012 MMO PlanetSide 2 had nearly 200,000 monthly active users, 25,000 subscribers, and almost $8M in net bookings in 2020, meaning Sites leaves with some considerable achievements under his belt. And he isn’t the only long-time Daybreak substudio boss to depart in recent years; last January, EverQuest franchise head Holly Longdale bid farewell to the company, ultimately ending up at no less than Blizzard Entertainment.