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Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher quits

The head of Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics is leaving the studio after ten years with the company.

Darrell Gallagher was also Square Enix’s head of product development and Western studios where in the last year he has overseen the release of Western-made titles such as Life is Strange, Just Cause 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Gallagher is replaced by two current Crystal Dynamics employees who will both serve as co-studio heads – Ron Rosenberg and Scot Amos. They apparently took over a few months ago in a transition that the studio describes as seamless”.

I want to thank [Darrell] for his tremendous effort and contribution to Square Enix, along with the amazing entertainment he has helped create,” Square Enix’s Western CEO Phil Rogers said. I am sad to see him go but respect his decision and we should all celebrate the sheer blood, sweat and tears he has put into our company over the last ten years.

We are excited for him and his family on their next chapter. We wish them the best of luck in the future.”

Scot Amos added: I’m thrilled to take the next steps of growing our studio and expanding our portfolio, while continuing to foster an environment where our developers can learn and grow as they craft beloved products.”

And Rosenberg had this to say: As an independent developer, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from many different publishers and developers across the industry. I love making great games with great people and Crystal offers both of those things. We’re always working to make the best game we can for our players, and I’m excited to take this even further in my new role.”

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