Turnover at Turbine

Studio behind massively multiplayer Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons games gets a new-look management staff.

In 2001, massively multiplayer online game developer Turbine snagged Jeffrey Anderson, previously a vice president with Ultima Online creator Origin Systems, to run its operations as president and CEO. Anderson's run at the helm of Turbine has come to an end, as the studio today introduced its new president and CEO, Jim Crowley.

Crowley does not enter the role with as much experience in the world of MMO games as his predecessor, having previously served as COO of mobile media company m-Qube and telecom outfit Network Plus, Inc.

He is joined on the Turbine staff by other recent additions, including executive producer Walt Yarbrough and vice president of product development Craig Alexander. Yarbrough previously worked for EA Mythic, while Alexander served as general manager of Activision's Z-Axis studio and vice president of Westwood Studios.

A Turbine representative told GameSpot that Anderson will remain with the company, but will be moving to an as-yet undetermined role.

Written By

Want the latest news about The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria?

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

Follow

Discussion

25 comments
september_basic
september_basic

While DDO uses Dungeons and Dragons rules that permit it to slightly break the norm, what would be better is no reoccuring quests beyond those that would obviously be standing regardless of numerous player sieges. A D&D MMO in its most obvious functional form have five "origin sites" at each level grouping (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-17, 18-20, 21+) and reactive encounters within the city itself that adjust to mass and individual character behavior and achievements. The poorly implemented version of mission/quest assignments is really out of style. The only reason it would be used is due to malicious greed on behalf of the design company.

neroist
neroist

By exploration do you mean walk for ten minutes to go and kill ten rats? Then get the SAME weapon every 80k other players your class/lvl has.. DDO is more complex than any MMO I've played. I'm sure someone could train a monkey to play WoW, LotRo....while DDO has quests that MORE than break the norm. No killing ten rats ...EVER in that game. Not only to mention the most in depth character development of any MMO...also multi classing....your toon is not bound to same template as every other millionth person playing the same class. ...and yes I have had a capped WoW and LotRo account.

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

They need more than a turnover to fix the crap fest of games they have over at Turdbine=) D/D online without exploration is like a sports car without any gas

september_basic
september_basic

From atrocious management and disgustingly corrupt personnel to even worse management without eliminating personnel.

SkankinForFalco
SkankinForFalco

I gave up on this company after they failed with Asherons Call 2. That game was nifty.

hepburn22
hepburn22

With the Module 5 being added to DDo the graphics upgrade is amazing, better lighting shdows and water, and engine upgrade so very little lag and no hitching, some great new features and more quests, so DDO is no way broken like previous people have comented.

modem22
modem22

As long as he fixes DDO I'm fine with it. BTW until the game is fixed nobody should play DDO....piece of crap compared to WoW or LotRo.....Period

neroist
neroist

As long as he doesn't mess with DDO I'm fine with it. BTW If you haven't you should try DDO...way better than WoW or LotRo...period.

SirFatalChaos
SirFatalChaos

Turbine is the best company ever for making Asheron's Call the BEST game ever

Dreski83
Dreski83

I don't like how Turbine operates...

1357900
1357900

@ jpkustra: I'm not being deadly serious. ;) I've seen shots of the game, & I just thought it might need a moderately powerful computer to run, lag-free. I've never taken a close look at it, though, so I could be wrong. Also, In any case, I'm not bashin' WoW, or it's players. I'm just stating I don't like it. zbut to all you who do enjoy it: Game On! 8)

Ikthog
Ikthog

An executive shake-up at a major game studio is indeed newsworthy, even if you don't understand why. It's ok, just step away from the keyboard and go back to teh Haloz.

jpkustra
jpkustra

Dude, I hope you aren't being at all serious when you say that WoW requires a powerful computer to play. I think they could port WoW to a N64 and have it run fine ;) 1357900 I'm not pickin' up the Good Vibrations from this, And I quote "Crowley does not enter the role with as much experience in the world of MMO games as his predecessor, having previously served as COO of mobile media company m-Qube and telecom outfit Network Plus, Inc". I'm not likin' this. However, we'll all have to wait, & see how he does in his new role, before we can pass judgement. I just hope he doesn't screw up LotRO:SoA. I will not sell my soul, for a ridiculously powerful computer, just to play WoW. I'm glad that there's other great MMOs, & not just WoW. So, I pray this dude will easily fill the shoes of his predecessor, at the very least, if not exceed his predecessor.

theGrynch
theGrynch

What is the point of this article? They're really diggin deep for news other than Halo 3.

therejectx
therejectx

such an interesting story, one that effects all of us....(sarcasm)

1357900
1357900

I'm not pickin' up the Good Vibrations from this, And I quote "Crowley does not enter the role with as much experience in the world of MMO games as his predecessor, having previously served as COO of mobile media company m-Qube and telecom outfit Network Plus, Inc". I'm not likin' this. However, we'll all have to wait, & see how he does in his new role, before we can pass judgement. I just hope he doesn't screw up LotRO:SoA. I will not sell my soul, for a ridiculously powerful computer, just to play WoW. I'm glad that there's other great MMOs, & not just WoW. So, I pray this dude will easily fill the shoes of his predecessor, at the very least, if not exceed his predecessor.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

hmm thats saying a lot about how their previous CEO did very little successfully ....

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

Very interesting...nawt!

N8A
N8A

Yeah that isnt a very impresive resume considering the experience of the person he is succeeding.

nickynaves
nickynaves

omg this has MASSIVE implications

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Oh god, a CEO that doesn't know much about MMOs. I"m not liking the sound of that. At least he's backed up by a guy that worked at Mythic (dark age of camelot) and a man from z-axis (dave mirras pro bmx). That makes me feel a little better, but this game can't fail right now or we won't have anything to play (that has plenty of people online) except for WoW....... again.

sixty7velle
sixty7velle

Maybe they will be able turn around the grim future of LOTRO...