Electronic Arts' Chief Design Officer, Patrick Söderlund, is leaving the company he helped raise to new heights. Söderlund worked on technology like the versatile Frostbite engine which powers all of EA's experience nowadays. He was also the "face" of the company, appearing in several videos and E3 press conferences.

It's unclear why Söderlund left or what he plans to do in the future, but it'll be interesting to see where he ends up. Considering his expertise in the industry and how he's impacted EA over the years, Microsoft could hopefully scoop him up, given its plans to aggressively expand the company's gaming presence.

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Andrew Wilson, the head of EA, issued the following message on EA's website.

Today we are announcing that Patrick Söderlund has made the decision to move on from EA. After nearly two decades as a pioneer for our company and industry, he will begin a new chapter later this year. Patrick has been a trusted business partner and a great friend, and his inspiring leadership has had an outstanding impact on EA... From his early vision for Frostbite, which has now become a cornerstone for our technology strategy, to being a champion for Players First experiences, Patrick has always ensured we put creative at the center of everything we do... We wish Patrick the very best in his next life adventure, and we thank him for his many significant contributions.

We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. We wish Söderlund the best of luck for the future.

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