Not too long ago I told the Twitternets that I was moving to California, but I didn’t quite explain why. I figured that I didn’t want to jump the gun and announce it before I had even packed a single box. Well, I still haven’t packed a single box, but I have less than a week so I may as well throw it out there.
Starting on September 10th, I will be the new Web Content Editor for Red 5 Studios. For the uninitiated, Red 5 is the developer that’s working on the upcoming free-to-play FireFall. Since I signed a non-disclosure agreement I’m fairly certain that I can’t go into details, but what I can tell you from my time playing the internal build… yeah. Yeah. It’s shaping up to be freakin’ awesome. That, to me, was a huge relief.
One of the things that you don’t really hear about is that when you’re starting work at a new game studio (or even worse, your first game studio), one of your biggest fears is that the game you’re about to work on won’t be very good. Oh, sure, you tell yourself that you’re going to do everything in your power to improve the title, but when you’re coming to a studio that is already mid-way through the project, there’s only so much you can do. Luckily, between Star Wars: The Old Republic and (soon) FireFall, I can say with certainty that, so far, I’ve been able to avoid the dreaded “lost project”.
And, as was the policy when I worked at BioWare, this is the last you’ll ever see me talk about the game I’m working on at my blog.
It also helps that everybody I met at Red 5 is awesome, and I will be working alongside some of the most talented Community, Marketing, PR, and eSports professionals in the business (not to mention the insanely creative and skilled designers, programmers, artists, video team, etc. that I’ll also be working with from time to time). Yet as I suppress my excitement for this new chapter of my personal and professional life, I can’t help but also feel the weight of dread tugging at my very soul. You see, amidst the anticipation of working for a spectacular new group of people on a remarkable title at an amazing company, I also face a grim realization: I must move to Orange County.