Jason VandenBerghe has been appointed new director of design at Guild Wars developer ArenaNet. He worked at Ubisoft for nine years, joining the company in 2008. He served as creative director on For Honor, but also helped on other projects like Far Cry 3, and Red Steel 2.
VandenBerghe made the announcement on Facebook. Guild Wars 2’s lead designer Isaiah Cartwright convinced him to make the move.
"The story is long and complicated. The [short] version is that I went out there on a lark – and then fell head-over-heels in love. Isaiah did an amazing job of setting the table, but it was all the people that I met there there [sic] that sealed the deal," VandenBerghe shared.
"It's a big step. I won't be making games directly any more – I'll be studio level, shepherding teams and growing people. I'm sort of thrilled about how difficult that sounds. It's exactly what I want to be doing right now."
The creator went on, saying that his nine years at Ubisoft “forged” his identity.
“I leave it full of gratitude for everything I was given the chance to do there, a profound love for all the amazing people who make that place what it is… and a bright hope for the company's future.”
Vandenberge is making the move to ArenaNet on July 17.