Rock Band lead designer joins ‘Splosion Man devs

One of the main men behind Rock Band has jumped ship to join indie darlings Twisted Pixel.

Dan Teasdale left his position as lead designer on the upcoming Rock Band 3 to join the creators of XBLA hits The Maw and Splosion Man.

Writing on his blog (via Gamasutra), Teasdale said, “Working on something like Rock Band basically allows you to auto-complete most of the achievements on your life list. ‘Make a game with unique controllers,’ ‘Make a game I’m not sick of after making it,’ ‘Make a game that makes first parties do anything to help you’ and ‘Make a game that hits the zeitgeist’ all got annihilated in the course of a few years.”

Apparently, Teasdale missed getting his hands dirty, as his role at Harmonix was increasingly distant from the nitty-gritty of games design.

“I want to be able to help drive the vision and direction of a game, but at the same time be hands on and physically implement and iterate on the low level of making games in a more substantial way than time affords me when working as a lead on multi-hundred person titles,” he said.

One the subject of his new job at Twisted Pixel, Teasdale said only that they were working on a “a ridiculously cool new project.” Other than that, he remained tight-lipped. Looks like Twisted Pixel have more up their sleeves than Comic Jumper.

About the author: Lee Bradley
Lee Bradley.
A child of the Spectrum generation, I've been playing games since they came on cassettes and made that screechy loading noise. Now they just make me stare at funny spinny circles. That's progress.  Read more...

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