Jagex makes senior hires for unannounced game

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Jagex has hired two employees to fill senior roles, and has revealed it is working on an as-yet unannounced new game.

The company behind the hardy perennial MMO RuneScape has hired Dan Vargas – a former Assassin’s Creed art director – and Ian Thomas as technical director, who was previously director of engineering at Glint.

Announcing the new appointments, Jagex said: “Dan Vargas has been appointed as Art Director of an unannounced online action role-playing game. Dan has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, having begun his career at Electronic Arts, helping develop the Need for Speed: Underground franchise as an illustrator and environment artist. Vargas joins Jagex from Ubisoft where he was Senior Artist and then Art Director on several titles, including the award-winning Assassin’s Creedfranchise.”

Jagex CEO Phil Mansell said: “Jagex continues to attract and secure industry-respected expertise and Ian and Dan are key hires who will strengthen our creative and technical management teams. We recognise the importance of technical innovation and investing in exceptional talent, with almost 100 new hires targeted, and further modernising our technology, are key elements of our strategy through 2019 and beyond as we build on our portfolio of living games.”

Dan Vargas added: ““I’m excited to join Jagex as Art Director and to be working on this ambitious project. I made the move from Canada seeking personal and professional growth, and Jagex’s evolution and aspiration made this adventure a very attractive opportunity. I believe in the vision and I’m eager to build out our team, focus on visual development and leverage my experience in the collaborative efforts required to make a great game.”

The news that Jagex is working on an: “unannounced online action role-playing game” should excite the army of fans who continue to play the browser-based MMO RuneScape 18 years after it first launched. For more Jagex news, watch the company’s website.