John Needham has been named as the new studio boss at Microsoft owned developer Lionhead.
He’s the former CEO of both Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment and has seemingly been hired for his expertise in MMOs, subscription models and free-to-play gaming.
Other former employers include Sony Online Entertainment.
“This is a historic time in our industry and I’m excited, and honoured, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios,” Needham stated. “Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft’s incredible hardware and software platforms.
“Personally, I can’t wait to get started.”
Microsoft’s Entertainment corporate VP Phil Harrison added: “It’s my pleasure to welcome John Needham to Microsoft Studios and Lionhead. He brings a wealth of proven executive leadership experience in the online gaming space to the company and I know he will confidently lead Lionhead towards an ambitious online future.”