The president of Arkane Studios, Raphael Colantonio, who headed up its Austin office and co-developed the games “Prey” and “Dishonored,” said in a post Tuesday that he was stepping down from the company he co-founded in 1999.
“...it is time for me to step out to spend some time with my son and reflect on what is important to me and my future,” he said in a post on a company website.
In the post, Colantonio said that Arkane’s co-creative director Harvey Smith will oversee the Austin team. In an interview with 512tech prior to the May release of the studio’s latest game, “Prey,” Smith said he had returned to work in Austin full time at the tail end of work on that game after several years in France.
“ZeniMax strongly believes in Arkane’s ability to make great games, and is committed to supporting the studio. My long-time friend and colleague, Harvey Smith, will oversee the team in Austin and I will be around for as long as necessary to ensure a smooth transition to the new management team in Lyon,” Colantonio wrote.
The Austin studio had strong sales and critical kudos for its Austin-developed “Dishonored” in 2012 and earned positive reviews for “Prey,” a multi-platform reboot of a ‘90s shooter game, released on May 5.
The company released a statement Tuesday afternoon:
Raphael Colantonio, the founder of Arkane Studios, has decided to leave the studio to spend more time with his family, and consider his future career path. As the head of Arkane, Raf joined ZeniMax in 2010, and, working closely with his colleague, Harvey Smith, developed the acclaimed Dishonored and Prey games. While we are saddened by Raf's impending departure, which will take place after the summer, we appreciate his role in recruiting and leading the talented teams at Arkane Studios. We remain committed to Arkane and the games they are currently developing. We want to express appreciation to Raf for his many contributions at Arkane, and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
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