On his blog, X-Mythic developer Scott "Lum the Mad" Jennings confirmed that Mythic Entertainment Executive Producer Matt Firor had left the company. You can read the original story here.
Director of Community Relations Sanya Thomas then dropped by the IGN Vault Boards to say the following about the situation.
|Here's my obligatory post to say that this has actually been coming for a long time. He has been my boss for five years. He has been on my private, and very short, list of genuinely good and decent people for even longer than that. His commute was ridiculous, and his family obligations have also increased lately. The timing makes sense if you realize that it would be unethical for him to participate in the long term EA/Mythic planning if he was not going to be here for the long term. So this move happened now instead of in six months.
The team most affected by this was mine. His management and support have allowed me to function independently, to create a team that doesn't have to kowtow to external forces, and to always give the feedback to the devs straight up. I have more freedom, intellectually and otherwise, than any of my counterparts do. The phrase "better luck than management" did not apply.
His other responsibilities here at Mythic weren't related to the development of WAR, and only lightly related to Camelot, unless you count managing me as development. The stuff he had been doing lately was all unannounced stuff. And if I could tell you what it was, then it wouldn't be unannounced :)
But he was the first producer of Camelot, so his fingerprints are still everywhere in the game.
There's the whole story, FWIW.
Thank you to those who passed this story along and best of luck to Matt in his new ventures.