Here are all the new cards coming to Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

Assassin's Creed Unity's redesigned engine sounds promising

EVE Online's going through its own Industrial Revolution with the launch of Crius

Homeworld

So: the man who made Homeworld is now president of Zynga Studios

The Gearbox-made Homeworld Remastered series with see the games refitted for modern systems.

In 1997, Alex Garden founded Relic to build a videogame about spaceships. Less than seven days ago, he became president of Zynga Studios.

No word on more spaceships as yet.

Garden joined Zynga this week in a game of company musical chairs that saw Mark Pincus shuffle off his chief product officer title, and Don Mattrick end his hands-on role in favour of ascending to Helios. I’m paraphrasing the announcement.

In any case, Garden was brought on by Mattrick in an attempt to infuse the shrivelling social games giant’s upper management squad with some serious game dev experience.

What’ll interest Zynga is not just Garden's Relic pedigree, but his stint at the head of Xbox Live throughout 2012. Not to mention the time since he's spent in charge of all the bits on the Xbox dashboard that aren’t games - Music, Video and Advertising.

But here’s what’s interesting to us: Garden not only founded Relic, but directed and executive produced Homeworld. His seven year tenure at the head of the company included oversight of the original Company of Heroes, and ended with his brokering of Relic’s sale to THQ (which, remember, was a much better deal at the time than it seems now).

Among his proudest achievements at Relic, he names “seeng nearly every employee buy their homes”, which is nice. Also “seeing the average weight of our employees drop by 10 pounds” - a bit weird, but similarly nice.

Do you think he’ll succeed in turning Zynga into a proper place of games where genii like Brian Reynolds and Soren Johnson have failed? As for Homeworld - that's Gearbox business now.

Login or Register
1
+1
-0
Runeclaw69's picture
74

But... now I can only hate Zynga with half of my heart, as I loved Relic's games and don't want to hate someone that helped make Homeworld and CoH...

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
Here are all the new cards coming to Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas thumbmail

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Here are all the new cards coming to Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

Assassin's Creed Unity's redesigned engine sounds promising  thumnnail

Assassin's Creed Unity's redesigned engine sounds promising

EVE Online's going through its own Industrial Revolution with the launch of Crius thumnnail

EVE Online's going through its own Industrial Revolution with the launch of Crius

Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015, and that's okay thumnnail

Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015, and that's okay

Guild Wars 2 has an Elder Dragon problem in The Dragon's Reach Part 1 thumnnail

Guild Wars 2 has an Elder Dragon problem in The Dragon's Reach Part 1

Areal Kickstarter suspended after exceeding its target thumnnail

Areal Kickstarter suspended after exceeding its target

Take a break, MOBAs, because you're drowning us thumbmail

MOBA

Take a break, MOBAs, because you're drowning us

Frozen Endzone becomes Frozen Cortex, because it's not a Madden game with robots thumnnail

Frozen Endzone becomes Frozen Cortex, because it's not a Madden game with robots

Farming Simulator 15 is going Nordic, but won't mess with the fertiliser thumnnail

Farming Simulator 15 is going Nordic, but won't mess with the fertiliser

British government launch stern letter-writing campaign to tackle games piracy thumnnail

British government launch stern letter-writing campaign to tackle games piracy

Minecraft doesn't come off great when you summarise it in 20 seconds thumnnail

Minecraft doesn't come off great when you summarise it in 20 seconds

Sins of the Prophets turns Rebellion into a space-based Halo RTS thumnnail

Sins of the Prophets turns Rebellion into a space-based Halo RTS

Topic of the Week: Desert island games thumbmail

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Desert island games

Ultimate General: Gettysburg Early Access review thumnnail

Ultimate General: Gettysburg Early Access review

Behave: Riot is instantly banning toxic players in League of Legends today thumnnail

Behave: Riot is instantly banning toxic players in League of Legends today

Super 3D Noah's Ark might be the best Christian game built on the Wolfenstein 3D engine thumnnail

Super 3D Noah's Ark might be the best Christian game built on the Wolfenstein 3D engine

NewBee wins the 2014 Dota 2 International thumnnail

NewBee wins the 2014 Dota 2 International

Slot up: Blizzard unveils Heroes of the Storm's artifacts system thumnnail

Slot up: Blizzard unveils Heroes of the Storm's artifacts system

Nosgoth preview: vampire hunting thumbmail

Nosgoth

Nosgoth preview: vampire hunting

Maxis Redwood working on new IP on top of The Sims 4; could be a F2P MMO thumnnail

Maxis Redwood working on new IP on top of The Sims 4; could be a F2P MMO

The myriad emotions of FIFA 15 thumnnail

The myriad emotions of FIFA 15

Dark Souls 2 receives a meaty update ahead of tomorrow's Crown of the Sunken King launch thumnnail

Dark Souls 2 receives a meaty update ahead of tomorrow's Crown of the Sunken King launch

ESPN2's coverage of the Dota 2 International is just too much for some viewers thumnnail

ESPN2's coverage of the Dota 2 International is just too much for some viewers

The Dota 2 International grand finals are tonight; final prize pool $10,931,105 thumnnail

The Dota 2 International grand finals are tonight; final prize pool $10,931,105