Dead Space Creative Director leaving EA to join Crystal Dynamics

Creative Director of the Dead Space franchise, Ian Milham has left Electronic Arts and is joining Crystal Dynamics in the role of Game Director for the Tomb Raider franchise.tumblr_ocgj335Qas1qkq7tbo1_1280

Crystal Dynamics made the announcement today via Tumblr. “Ian is one of those rare veterans who combines creativity, artistry, and passion into excellence on-screen. It’s a matching type of DNA that Crystal Dynamics has forged itself upon over these last few years,” said Crystal Dynamics Co-Head of Studio, Scot Amos.

Milldam is a gaming industry veteran with over twenty years experience making games, thirteen of those years were spent as an Art Director with EA before moving into the Creative Director role, where he was a part of the team that created the series Dead Space and its sequels.

“When the opportunity came to join Crystal Dynamics, I had to jump on it. This is the home of Lara Croft, who is a legend in action-adventure gaming and a pillar of the industry. I’ve admired Crystal’s work for a while now, as they continue to deliver top notch narrative and spectacle, coupled with deep systems and player choice. I’m very excited about where the studio is headed and I’m eager to be a part of it,” said Milham.

It will definitely be interesting to see what his years of experience working on Dead Space will bring to the Tomb Raider franchise.