Watch Dogs lead leaves Ubisoft, joins EA

Watch Dogs' lead game designer Jamie Keen has left Ubisoft and joined EA, his online CV has revealed.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1722d ago

Stupid decision! Watch Dogs looks 100x better than anything EA would ever achieve.

Godmars2901722d ago

Still, doesn't speak well of either Ubisoft and/or the game.

LAWSON721722d ago

Why because ea offered him more money? I forgot your average gamer pays attention to who is developing their game

zeal0us1722d ago

This is about as dumb as Rift producer leaving Trion for Zynga.

Godmars2901722d ago

Because as the lead developer this move shows no dedication towards the game he was making. If he had bailed after its release and it reviewed well this wouldn't even be an issue. Likewise leaving shortly after the game was finished would - should - have raised community flags, but that could have been countered by footage and a demo.

Instead, what we're looking at a key developer in the product going away middle phase of an ambitious-promised production.

UnholyLight1722d ago

Uh guys, the game is probably already done, just being polished before release. Who knows, maybe I am wrong but it is possible his work is done and his contract up so he jumped ship before the product released

SilentNegotiator1722d ago


Watch Dogs probably has 7 months or so before release. Do you know how long the average development cycle is? 24 months. 7 months is like, 1/3 of the average game's development time.

They aren't spending up to 1/3 of the dev time on polishing.

Derekvinyard131722d ago

This doesn't mean the game will be bad but maybe he lost faith in game, we need to see

MysticStrummer1722d ago

It doesn't speak well of this guy's old paycheck. That's about it.

MaxXAttaxX1722d ago

the game is probably beyond Alpha stage by now.

knowyourstuff1722d ago

Ubisoft has enough people to finish the game. The design was completed during Alpha phase, Beta phase doesn't require designers, it requires coders and people who can iron out glitches, make the game look and run smooth.

We saw this with many designers who left Bioshock Infinite's team when their contracts were up, and tons of internet know-nothings thought Bioshock was going in the toilet because people were leaving the team, not knowing that that's just how developing games works. There's a dev cycle where you need some people at certain stages, and then you don't after a point. It is at this time those people are free to leave as their contract ends and they are no longer being paid, so of course they're going to seek new and relevant opportunities elsewhere where they can start making money again.

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Kinger89381722d ago

Am i the only person that isnt really excited for this game, yet anyways

The gameplay at the ps4 event looked good, but im wondering how repetitive all these bits will be in the final game, so i have my doubts

But saying that im looking forward to being proven wrong as the idea really has massive potential

Need to see more

FanboyPunisher1722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )

just went to see the footage of it on PS4, highly unimpressive for a 'next gen' game. Aside from the cloth physics on the main character; it actually looks worse then BF3 Ultra'd out on pc.

It'll take some time for next gen to mature graphically, thats for sure.

HammadTheBeast1722d ago


Really? Tell me more about your $2000 PC.

shivvy241722d ago

@ Hammad - u showed him

SnakeCQC1722d ago

no it doesnt it looks better than bf3 maxed

T3MPL3TON 1722d ago


$2,000 PC? Who spends that much on a PC? I can get all the parts to run every current game on Max for $700 or less. Watch_Dogs looks good but he's right. It really isn't better than Battlefield on max settings. I wouldn't expect it to be either. It's a first round game for the new Gen. First round games never tap into the systems full power.

Godmars2901722d ago

After all that's been going with presentations, Square with FF13 footage on Xbox, Aliens Colonial Marines, Milo, you'd think the majority of gamers would be the least bit cynical, wold at the very least accept that early footage was being done on a PC or PC to spec with the console, and yet the cycle of over-excitement and disappointment only repeats.

rainslacker1722d ago

The initial reveal at E3 didn't do much for me. The footage at the PS4 event got me interested in it. But I'm holding off judgement until I see some more.

I like the premise of the games story, just wondering more how it will play out in an entire game, and want to know more about different game play mechanics before jumping in totally.

Ragthorn1722d ago

It is VERY impressive for next gen consoles, Watch Dogs is very close to BF3 Ultra'd but that's because it is running on a console. If they port it to PC, I'm pretty sure it will compete with BF3 in visuals.

PC's to run BF3 ultra do not take $2000 to build, your one of those people who thinks you have to spend $2000 on a PC who max a game out, I do not appreciate your kind of people, because it costs might vary between $700-$1000 to run BF3 at max. Please, if you have the chance to research it thank you, if not have a good day sir(I'm not being sarcastic as people have jobs, and are doing things else.)

2pacalypsenow1722d ago

@T3MPL3TON what a load crap By max do you mean just 1080p or everything maxed out with max AA and perfect non droping 60 fps? if so you must know a place where they sell Really cheap parts like 100 a piece

FlyingFoxy1721d ago (Edited 1721d ago )

You need to spend £200-£300 alone on a Graphics card to run a constant 60+FPS @ 1080p and even then some new games wont run full speed if they are made badly.

Full PC you can spend near 1k or just over for a great one.

1080P is the sweet spot for quality & speed.. once u go dual and triple monitors you have to buy like triple SLi every year to keep up.. and games still won't run that good and maybe 30FPS at that resolution.

1080P = king for a long time.

Of course the next gen consoles will run 1080P and 60fps at first, but after a little while they won't be able to do that with all details on high/ultra, this is where PC will always shine. Nevermind the resolution.

Ragthorn1720d ago

Well said, I agree with you completely, I'm guessing the people who disagreed with me hate me now :(
I was trying to point out that you don't need a $2000 dollar PC to run BF3...

Ragthorn1720d ago

Btw, you kind of over exaggerated how much it would cost to run BF3 at max. Sure when your playing at a very low resolution you could max it, but at 1920x1080, or 2560x1440 you could not max it at that price range. I suspect $1000 dollars or more.

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1722d ago

EA steals employees for a good price. May see ubi sue ea..

Detoxx1722d ago

Oh really? Where did you see any of EA's next-gen games?

DeadlyFire1722d ago

They are waiting until E3. Battlefield 4 is definately coming.

Dirtnapstor1722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )

Oh great... EA's going to tweak it so that "it will appeal to a potential larger fan base" and will screw it up.
Edit: never-mind, misread... He should have stayed.

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TronEOL1722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )

I was going to say "maybe he's going to join Bioware Montreal to work on the next Mass Effect game". Since it made so much sense for a guy who worked on Watch Dogs to lend a helping hand to the folks at Bioware (especially since both, Ubisoft and Bioware, are in Montreal).

But nope. Lead game designer of an open world shooter is going to work on a racing game. Fantastic transition, man./s

3-4-51722d ago

Watch Dogs is in this man's portfolio and it looks good which means he probably just made a ton of money by going to EA because they can pay people like that.

He can make really good money and and have a "set" job without worrying about being let go once the project is finished and in 5-6 years can move on to another studio.

FAT MAN GO BOOM1722d ago

Money, he left for money...

Seraphim1722d ago

UnholyLight is right. To some degree anyway. As the lead game designer all the pieces are already in place and this game is done. At least from his standpoint. Locations, Characters, Story, Objects, Interface, the concept and direction of this game is complete. Now all that's left is for the team to finish developing as planned, spend some time polishing things up and ship the game out for production.

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Root1722d ago's like Anakin Skywalker abandoning Obi Wan and joining the Sith Lord

adorie1722d ago

The guy just lost his soul. I hope EA isn't poaching.

BanBrother1722d ago


Don't be silly. Anakin would never do that. Obi would own him :-) :-) :-)

Agent_00_Revan1722d ago

You do not know the power of the dark side.....or how deep their wallets can really go.

SilentNegotiator1722d ago

Anakin went on to complete his destiny, destroying the Sith Lord.

EA was a "hero" for a short stint in 2008 when they actually released new IPs, and they won't always be the bad guy. Things switch hands a lot in the video game world.

rpd1231722d ago

Eh, I've never gone for that. Luke is definitely the hero.

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pompombrum1722d ago

Money talks, or at least I'm hoping that's the case otherwise it will reflect extremely poorly on Watch Dogs.

Myx231722d ago

ea is where the big money is. it is just a logical step for people to want to be where microtransactions will be in every game they will publish. do the math.

if you're thinking, developpers are there to provide a cool hobby for you - think again.

first1NFANTRY1722d ago

Hmm...don't know what to make of this news.

It's never a good sign for a Lead Designer to leave during game development.

Still i hope Watch Dogs delivers. The industry needs more open world games.

yaz2881722d ago

the game have been in development for 4 years now. it would be different if he had gone in that first year. I think the game maybe finished and its in a polishing phase right now.. also maybe they are working on the ps4 version.