Dungeon Siege & Total Annihilation Creator Chris Taylor Departs Wargaming to Go Indie
Veteran PC games designer, Chris Taylor, announced today his departure from Wargaming to start his own indie studio.
Taylor started his career in gaming in the 1980s but it was in 1996 at CaveDog Entertainment where he was the design and project lead for what might be his best-known work, Total Annihilation.
Chris founded Gas Powered Games in 1998 where he created Dungeon Siege and the sequel in 2005. Taylor then went on to make the Supreme Commander RTS series, too. After the failed Kickstarter for Wildman back in 2013, Taylor then sold Gas Powered Games to Wargaming, the creators of World of Tanks.
Taylor told GamesBeat the reason why he decided to part ways with Wargaming:
Between Gas Powered Games and Wargaming, it was an eighteen-year stretch and I wore myself out and didn’t realize it. I’ve decided i need to take a few months off, regroup, and recharge before I dive into my next thing.
The speculation is that the new studio might work on the spiritual successor of Total Annihilation. This comes to no surprise considering how well received Total Annihilation was when it was first released.
Wargaming released the following statement regarding Chris Taylor's exit from the company:
Wargaming can confirm that Chris Taylor, general manager of Wargaming Seattle, has resigned from his position. We thank Chris for his passion and excitement, where he was instrumental in growing our Seattle team into a world class developer. As head of development Matias Myllyrinne has put it, ‘Chris is a seasoned leader and one of a kind creative visionary whose projects inspired a whole generation of people to pursue a career in video games. He has laid down the foundations for Wargaming Seattle. One behalf of everyone at Wargaming, I’d like to thank Chris for his many contributions over the years and wish him all the best in his new endeavors.'
Chris Taylor gave no name for his new studio or when exactly work will start on any new projects. It seems the man is taking a much-deserved break after two decades in the industry, but we'll keep you updated on any and all developments of his next venture in the gaming industry.