Jon Verrall - writer and cinematic designer at Retro Studios - has revealed on Twitter that he's leaving the company after almost two years.
Verrall - who refers to himself as an "award-winning writer, cinematics director, voice director, choreographer, and performer for video games and Internet television" on this LinkedIn profile - previously wrote, produced and appeared in the web series LARPs.
He joined Retro in 2016. We assume he has been working on the company's as-yet-unannounced new project; the studio's last title was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, released way back in 2014. An enhanced version of the game is about to launch on the Switch.
We wish Jon all the best in the future.
Retro is the best because ONE GUY LEAVING is enough to make the news, lol. You don't see news posts about some janitor leaving Sega or something.
I can't wait to see what they're working on. It might be 2021 before we see it, but I look forward to it.
I assume he has done his job on whatever project Retro Studios has been working on and is therefore no longer needed? Hopefully it's not a sign of problems.
Hopefully we will finally find out what Retro has been up to at e3.
His work adding Funky Kong to the cinematics is done!
@QwertyQwerty lol, I know, right?
@FragRed I think it's the former rather than the latter--otherwise, I doubt his tweet would have sounded so positive. Hopefully that means Retro's project is in the wraps and may be we'll see it at E3 this year!
I'm still not convinced that Retro is working on a game at all. I think all they do is just eat barbecue and smoke cigars. There's no way a major studio can stay this silent on what they've been working on for SO LONG. It's been 4 years since Tropical Freeze came out.
@FragRed What you say is most likely correct.
He have probably worked on a unknown game, and did his job.
Many prefer freelancing jobs to get more variation.
Dude was working there for 2 years and it makes headlines? Imagine how this feed would be if everyone over 2 years cycled out of Nintendo's employment.
"I'm still not convinced that Retro is working on a game at all. I think all they do is just eat barbecue and smoke cigars"
I think you are right on the money!
If it’s not revealed what they are doing then I’m positive their project is in developer hell
Really hope that this guy leaving means he did his job and "something" has been finished... So maybe... E3? Really excited about Retro, and I do hope they make an new and original IP
@Evenmoresteven bingo. 3 or 4 years ago I used to be of the "what are they working on?!" camp. Not anymore. They aren't "working on" anything of substance.
This must mean they're finished working on their third Donkey Kong Country game! We'll see it at E3 this year for sure now.
You don't work as a writer/cinematic designer for 2 years for a company if that company isn't actually making anything.
It's like working as a teacher for 2 years for a school with no students.
Of course Retro is making something big...
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Shouldn’t that evolution result in something positive, like them making a game?
For a company that makes a full game every one century I don't consider that as worthy news.
Oh no. Retro Studios is imploding. This could be the start of bad things to come.
Fairly excited to finally find out what he and all the others have been working on.
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