Joe Ziegler, game director on Valorant, has left the development team to work on a different project at Riot Games.
Over on Valorant’s official website, Ziegler shared a heartfelt goodbye while also detailing who’s taking over as lead on the free-to-play first-person shooter phenomenon in his stead.
“After eight years of working on Valorant, building it from the ground up with a team of dedicated and passionate developers who’ve worked tirelessly to serve you all with the respect and admiration that you deserve,” Ziegler said. “I am giving up the mantle of game director of the Valorant tac-shooter to my good friend, Andy Ho.”
However, Ziegler is not leaving Riot Games — far from it. He isn’t going to start working on League of Legends or any other game at the company that’s publically known either. Instead, it seems he’s taking over a new yet-to-be-announced title.
“As for me, I’ll be starting something new (*wink, secrets…) in the hopes that we can even scratch the surface of the amazing impact Valorant has already had so far,” Ziegler continues. “Thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support Valorant, and a special shout out to all who’ve supported me and my work. You’ve made my time as your game director a truly joyous and memorable experience.”
We can only speculate about this new project, but given how Riot Games seems to be working on titles in just about every genre these days, it’ll likely be something we’re not expecting.
Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.