Designer of fan favorite Portal Kim Swift has decided to leave her position with Valve to join Airtight Games, the developer behind the upcoming jet pack action game Dark Void.
Swift had quite the career jump moving from student at game programming boot camp Digipen to Valve after helping to create Portal’s predecessor Narbacular Drop. Although Swift is moving to a smaller company at Airtight, her role is not becoming smaller. Swift will fill the role of project lead where she will “build and lead a team in the development of games aimed at a more diverse audience,” according to a representative at Airtight.
The move may seem as a surprise for some, but Swift stated, “I’ve learned so much and had some amazing experiences at Valve, but when I heard I had the opportunity to work on innovative titles with my friends over at Airtight, I couldn’t pass it up.” What innovative titles these could be are undisclosed, however president of Airtight Jim Deal said that hiring Swift “represents a strategic move by Airtight Games into new and broader gaming markets.”
Swift was able to make a puzzle shooter happen at Valve but perhaps moving into a broader market without the shooting wasn’t a road that could be traveled down easily with a company that is known for making great games with guns. Best of luck to Swift at her new position.