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KingsIsle VP and creative director Todd Coleman announces departure

KingsIsle Entertainment vice president and creative director Todd Coleman today announced his departure from the company he helped found in 2005.

KingsIsle is best known for Wizard 101, a family-friendly, free-to-play online game.

Coleman announced his departure today on his Facebook fan page. He called his post “one of the hardest I have ever written,” but he said that this “is something that I have to do.”

He didn’t give specifics, but he said that he is working on “a new company, a new game, a new story. I’m not ready to say, but when I’ve got something to show, you guys will be the first to know.”

Below is his open letter to the community:

Goodbye, thank you, and a new beginning.

This update is going to be one of the hardest that I have written, so please hang with me as I try and get through it.

I have decided to leave KingsIsle and pursue my own course. This might sound crazy – and, full disclosure, it probably is – but it is something that I have to do.

What a fantastic experience this has been! As the creative lead of our games, and the first employee hired in Austin, I was in the unique position to watch this team blossom, and watch our games grow from niche titles to mainstream popularity. Wow! A handful of dreamers got together and turned an unknown start-up into the market leader for family online entertainment… That’s not something you see every day. I am blessed to have been able to play a role, and I know that I am leaving the company in capable hands. I have no doubt that the Spiral will continue to expand for many years.

What is next for me? I’m a storyteller, so I will keep doing what I do best – dream up ideas, breathe life into characters, build worlds for you to explore… only next time, I want to do it for myself. I’m an entrepreneur at heart. A new company, a new game, a new story… I’m not ready to say, but when I’ve got something to show, you guys will be the first to know.

I want to thank you for becoming a part of this community. Your patronage has allowed me to work with my best friends, and to entertain you, for almost a decade. You gave me a chance to build something, something unique and wonderful. These are more than games to me. I see these worlds when I sleep. I greet these characters like old friends.

These are the dreams that filled my childhood. I cannot tell you how fortunate I am, to have been given the chance to share them with you.

Thank you.

J. Todd Coleman
“Headmaster Ambrose”

KingsIsle’s official Wizard 101 forums also had a post about Coleman’s departure.


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