Jade Raymond, founder of EA’s subsidiary Motive Studios, has resigned. This is following a reorganization in which she will be replaced as head of Motive. Among other things, she led the development of the deleted Star Wars game from Visceral Games.
In a statement to Variety, EA said it appreciated Raymond’s work and efforts. “During the time she was with us, Jade has put together good teams. The projects that are still under development at Motive therefore remain unchanged.” The senior vice president of Bioware, Maxis and EA Mobile, Samantha Ryan, will lead Motive Studio in place of Raymond. This was announced prior to Raymond’s departure. Ryan is involved in the development of Anthem, which will be released on February 22, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and Windows.
Before her EA job, Raymond worked at Ubisoft Montreal, where she produced Assassin’s Creed 1, 2 and Bloodlines. In July 2015, she joined EA and founded Motive Studios. She also collaborated with Visceral Games, the developer of the Dead Space series, on a Star Wars game. It was supposed to be a single player game. Visceral Games was dissolved by EA in October 2017. Last June, it was revealed that the publisher had scrapped development of the game. Motive Studios continued to develop Star Wars Battlefront 2 under the leadership of Raymond.