It’s always tough when a development studio loses one of its top people, but today’s news is sure to sting more than usual for both EVE Online
players and the developers at CCP Games. We’ve just confirmed that Andie “CCP Seagull” Nordgren
will be stepping down from her position as Executive Producer on EVE Online
and leaving the company in about two months. Nordgren joined CCP in 2010 as a Technical Producer on the Core Technology Group before eventually spearheading the development direction of EVE
as its Senior Producer and finally taking on a broader Executive Producer role in 2014
Nordgren has been well liked by players for her clear vision of the future for EVE and open approach to development, and her interviews at events never fail to get us excited about what’s coming next for EVE. Most recently she has overseen the development of the Citadel, Lifeblood, and upcoming Into The Abyss expansions. CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, who has reportedly been getting more directly involved in EVE‘s development recently, will be helping to transition Nordgren’s roles until a replacement is selected.
We first heard this news as a rumour from a tip and reached out to CCP Games for comment, and it supplied us with the following confirming statement.
Star Trek Online
has a new captain helming its ship, as Stephen D’Angelo
has stepped down as executive producer and long-time STO
dev Stephen Ricossa has filled the vacancy
. D’Angelo will now be Cryptic’s
chief technology officer in charge of overseeing “several internal projects.”
Ricossa introduced himself as a life-long Star Trek fan and teased one big upcoming change to the game: Sector walls will be coming down in Season 10, leaving a single map per quadrant instead of several segmented ones.
In other STO news, the team unveiled its work on Tier 6 command battlecruisers that will be coming “soon” to the game store. These battlecruisers will not only have a commander engineering/command hybrid specialist bridge officer seat but access to a new inspiration mechanic. An inspiration meter is filled by using bridge officer abilities, and once it’s full, captains can activate one of three powerful abilities for their entire group.
[Source: A change in command
, Tier 6 command ships