One of Fallout 76’s senior leaders has left Bethesda for new ventures. Project lead Jeff Gardiner announced today he was leaving Bethesda Game Studios after helping to ship more than 20 titles.
Gardiner made the announcement on Twitter and Reddit, calling it “the hardest decision of my life.” He spent almost 16 years at Bethesda Game Studios, first working in production on Oblivion and its DLC before taking a role as a producer on Fallout 3. Gardiner served as lead producer on Fallout 3’s DLC run, and then moved on to a role as senior producer on Skyrim.
After working as lead producer on Fallout 4, Gardiner took on the role of project lead for Fallout 76, where he’s overseen “all aspects” of Fallout 76. The post-apocalyptic MMO had a rocky launch, but over the course of its first year managed to right its ship – thanks in no small part to an enthusiastic community that felt compelled to make Fallout 76 into an enjoyable experience for new players.
“I will miss my co-workers, and want to thank the amazing fans,” Gardiner writes. “Stay tuned.”
My time at BGS has come to an end. It has been an amazing ride, from producing the Designers on #Oblivion, #Fallout3, and #Skyrim, to Lead Producer of #Fallout4, and finally Project Lead of #Fallout76. I will miss my co-workers and want to thank the amazing fans. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/EkXbOZH7Gs
— Jeff Gardiner 🎮🤘 (@jg93) August 26, 2021
Gardiner hasn’t announced what his plans for the future are yet, but we’ll be keen to find out where he lands.