Hyper Light Drifter's Teddy Dief Leaves Square Enix Montreal

Hyper Light Drifter's Teddy Dief Leaves Square Enix Montreal

Dief's project at Square Enix has also been canceled.

Teddy Dief, a designer on the indie hit, Hyper Light Drifter, has left his position as a creative director at Square Enix Montreal. Dief announced his departure in a blog post where he also revealed that the game he had been working on was cancelled.

"My team were working on a game that I deeply wish we could have shared with you. But the buiness strategy of the studio shifted, and our project was sadly no longer compatible," wrote Dief. "Thankfully, the talented team remain employed and valued, assigned to other projects. Because of this shift and the loss of our project, I no longer feel this is the place for me to pursue the type of work I aspire to make - the avenues of storyteeling in game design I've been trying to explore in my career."

Dief announced that he will be returning back to Los Angeles to work on indie games full-time.

After successfully launching Hyper Light Drifter Dief announced that was joining Square Enix Montreal a year and a half ago alongside Fez programmer Renaud B├ędard. The two were heading up the Square Enix Montreal project together, prior to the cancellation.

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