Marvel’s Midnight Suns and XCOM franchise producer Garth Deangelis reveals he is leaving Firaxis after 14 years with the company.
Garth Deangelis, the franchise leader behind Marvel’s Midnight Suns and the XCOM frankness, say goodbye to Firaxis Games in a recent statement after working at the company for 14 years. Deangelis brought fan heroes to life in Marvel’s Midnight Suns with the style of play of the older but cult classic XCOM series. When working on midnight suns at Firaxis Games, Deangelis made sure to not just recreate XCOM with Marvel skins but to keep the integrity of the gameplay while adding new elements.
Firaxis Games was founded in 1996 and made a name for itself developing strategy games like Civilization series. Deangelis started working with Firaxis in 2009 as a producer and in 2012 launched XCOM: Unknown Enemy. XCOM changed the turn-based strategy genre with its high-stakes and permadeath situations. After commercial success, XCOM 2 was released in 2016.
Deangelis tweeted on January 9 that he was leaving Firaxis after 14 years of working with the company and the dedicated teams behind XCOM and Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Deangelis changed RTS combat with XCOMthe movement and targeting of , forcing players to take advantage of the terrain or be overrun. He resigned after leaving midnight sunsa new game that changes the standard formula. midnight suns’ unique card-based combat differentiates the series from XCOM, although it has a similar structure. It was Deangelis’ last project with Firaxis, as he said in his message to players, “It was all about you.”
Deangelis clearly had a vision for turn-based strategy games that manifested in tough combat and tough decision-making. The fact that midnight suns recently released is not linked to his departure; Deangelis left Firaxis on good terms after a long and successful career. He could benefit from developing his own projects, but it is also possible that he finds work in another company rather than simply leaving the industry.
Deangelis will be missed by Firaxis Games, but he could continue to create new strategy games and develop new heroes for midnight suns. However, Firaxis hasn’t commented on Deangelis’ departure and has yet to announce who will take on his role at the studio. Deangelis’ farewell tweet received many replies from other industry players thanking him and wishing him well. It is not yet known which games Firaxis is currently working on. But whatever he chooses to work first, players can probably expect more exciting things from Firaxis in the months to come.
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