PS4-exclusive Infamous: Second Son lead designer leaves Sony

[UDPATE] Jaime Griesemer issues statement on his departure, says "please don’t look too hard for some sinister pattern."

[UPDATE] Griesemer provided GameSpot a statement today regarding his departure from Sony. You can read it in full below.

"I appreciate all the well-wishes on the news that I am leaving Sucker Punch, but please don’t take the timing as cause for concern about Second Son--it’s a great game that I am proud to have on my resume and I can’t wait for everyone to play it--or Sucker Punch--a studio on the rise with a bright future--or Sony--a great organization with some of the savviest, most pro-gamer executives in the business. And while I am honored to be mentioned in the same articles as legendary designers like Amy Hennig and Stig Asmussen, please don’t look too hard for some sinister pattern."

"The truth is that any creative, vibrant industry is necessarily volatile; the only sure bet is that the next few years will not look the same as the last. Change is part of the job, but along with the upheaval and uncertainty, there’s opportunity and new challenges. It’s an exciting time to be a free agent and I'm going to go see what’s out there. Simple as that…"

The original story is below.

Jaime Griesemer, who served as lead designer on Infamous: Second Son, has left the Sony-owned Sucker Punch Productions. He announced the news on Twitter.

"I'm excited for people to get their hands on it. And yes, I have left [Sucker Punch]," Griesemer said. "Not really talking about it yet, tho."

Before joining Sucker Punch in 2011, Griesemer worked at Bungie for 12 years. His credits include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Wars, Halo: Reach, and Destiny.

Infamous: Second Son launches exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on March 21. For more on Second Son, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

610 comments
MelodicMizery
MelodicMizery

bought the game a few days ago, cant seem to want to play it more then 10 minutes. its as ferocious as this sight. the touch pad to absorb energy just makes me say ok enough with this touchpad. ive barely used it and im sick of it. sony is pushing the touchpad so dang much that now its become just a uncomfortable control

slainta
slainta

I've got a theory: all these guys leaving are secretly forming a new company financed by some obscure gazillionaire!

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

The headline for this article is atrocious

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Nothing new here folks. Most studios bulk up during mid to late development of a project before slimming down after release. You know, like they do in the film industry; but Eddie would have you believe otherwise.

hystavito
hystavito

Did he not realize that people might "look too hard for some sinister pattern" when he announced it?  I mean really, would it have killed him to hold off on announcing or answering questions for a week or so?

cellblock1138
cellblock1138

Now is the time I think to try and find support to upstart his own company... I think it will be not a shock that if he pops up some where running his own Development studio... 

billlabowski
billlabowski

Jaime Griesemer? The guy that said "wouldn't it be funny to make the player think he's going back to Earth to defeat the covenant, then immediately go to credits in Halo 2?" That guy? Bahahaha. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Hey Eddie, he was talking about YOU

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

Makes sense for him to leave now that the game is done. Some of these games can take years to develop. Life is short, sometimes people just want a change to try something different.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Where are all the toxic Sony spammers? Weird all their lead devs are leaving...

senjutsu
senjutsu

It says he started in 2011, so it's not the same guy that design lead the other Infamous? And what is a lead designer exactly in a game developpement cucle anyway?

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

Kind of sad...but I know what he means. The console part of the gaming industry doesn't look like it has a future as bright as it did years ago.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

Jeeezzz, so many people leaving companies! :O

chasloyal
chasloyal

Having pre-ordered the PS4 Infamous bundle from Amazon UK and eagerly awaiting it's arrival here early next week(I'm currently residing in Austria you see) to finally join the next/current gen I'm not sure what to read in to this?

But because all the National Security Agency, sorry I mean Micros$oft, Xbots know so much more about Sony's inner issues and policies than even Sony executives do I've lost the will to live :-( in fact I wish I'd have been a passenger on flight MH370 now! 

What is the point of living when I'm investing in a console that fanbabies from a rival console say is doomed? Although I've seen the error of my ways it's clearly too late but I'd still like to thank the entire all knowing illustrious Xbot community in their failed attempt to save my life.

The End

strothers101
strothers101

Sooo Sony has one of the best console launches of recent memory and every man and their dog jumps ship.hmmm

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

Maybe when I leave my job i should put on twitter to see if people care.

tightwad34
tightwad34

The timing is just weird. Must be a lot more behind the scenes type things going on that we may never know about. Don't believe everything you read, internet or otherwise.

ank000
ank000

I bet soon we'll see some new development company coming into existence made up of people from Sucker Punch and Naughty Dog.

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

"Please don’t look too hard for some sinister pattern."

...because we might find one? or because there is none? I can't quite grasp the meaning of that.

In any case, I would bet they are actually being secretly recruited for a super-secret all-stars all-new playstation game studio... and when they announce that... WHEN THEY ANNOUNCE THAT...

blackace
blackace

Looks like he left on his own, but why. What's really going on inside Sony right now. Thousands are laid off and some big name developers and executives are exiting. Again I have to say, "Who's Next!?!?"

StHapns247
StHapns247

Maybe Sony can use the VR headset to pretend to be somewhere where they aren't firing thousands and losing big name devs and posting profits and not delaying games and not lying to gamers.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

leaves before the embargo is lifted. good choice

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

I prefer the Prototype games the protagonists ae much stronger and more powerful which the game makes you feel, next gen one will be really nice to.

jawsdc316
jawsdc316

@eli2333  They are two different games dude..smh...Some people enjoy different types of games , did you know?

Jazzer2k8
Jazzer2k8

@eli2333  Well for people who don't like multiplayer games it is obviously it's apples and oranges if you reviewed titanfall like you do second son then you'd be giving it a pretty low score 

jbru13
jbru13

@hystavito  The game has been done for weeks, and he's looking for a different project. Pretty simple. He made a statement after the gaming press broke the news so the kids wouldn't start conspiracy theories.

akuma12345
akuma12345

@DrizztDark Did you even read the Articles ??? Sony just simply hired him to be a lead designer and now he have done his job and moved to the next one :P. Kind of like how 20th century fox hired James Cameron to make a titanic and then when it finished, he moved to the next one ... simple as that :P

19James89
19James89

@sirapathetic01 You're right!


I mean consoles are selling higher numbers at the start of generation eight then they did in generation seven and that means DOOOM. 



Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@LucentWolf It happens all the time.  Previously, hack game journalists wouldn't write a story about it every time though.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

So many leaving sony... All this praise from the sony fanboy about ps4 but what what's not realized is Sony as a whole is really bad off right now in money terms.. What makes me sad is that the lead dev for one of my favorite games god of war left...alarming

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@LiquidGold When sites like Neogaf and Reddit poke their noses where its not wanted and make things up, it makes sense to.

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

@LiquidGold  I will also put on my Twitter, "Yes, I left my job...but don't ask me questions about it or show concern. I'm not ready to talk about it yet! *pouty face*"

ZZoMBiE13
ZZoMBiE13

@ank000  Do you think they'll call it "Naughty Sucker"? "Dog Punch?" "Dog Sucker?" 

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

@StHapns247  Sony wishes they were firing people. When people are fired, the company doesn't pay unemployment. Sony is laying people off, and thus still paying something.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

As someone that played both, I found infamous to be significantly better than prototype in story, and gameplay. I suppose it comes to personal preference, but infamous held my attention through two play throughs, prototype couldn't keep me interested enough to finish the game.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@lonesamurai1 Though, to be fair, Infamous kind of succeeds in the sense it offers more. Infamous 2 had way more powers than the first one, but for some reason Prototype 2 had far less. I still like Prototype, that was just an odd move to make.

Azubedo
Azubedo

@DrizztDark  so many leaving Sony we haven't seen anything about people leaving MS please stfu

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@DrizztDark  

plus, How dare these developers leave the industry, to more then likely spend time with their family, because they couldn't originally due to spending years making video games, which requires tons of unpaid Over time?

HOW DARE THEY!

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@DrizztDark  

God of War games in general sucked. Just a button mashing brawler with no depth what so ever. Not a huge loss, I assure you.

redmagic123
redmagic123

@OmegaGear @StHapns247  no if you are fired/let go for no purpose of your own you can get unemployment, if you are fired for say stealing or drinking on the job with proof then no employment, also if you quit then no employment but again your wrong being fired from a job still entitles most to claim unemployment

zowbaid89
zowbaid89

Prototype went nowhere and had a horrible story. Infamous succeeds in both those areas and the fan base keeps growing