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.