Brian Reynolds’ choice to join the ranks of Zynga always felt like a strange one. The Rise Of Nations developer surprised many when he joined the less-than-lovely company in 2009 (yes – it really was that long ago), but now Polygon are reporting that he’s stepped out, blinking into the sunlight, a free man.
Oddly, despite Poly having learned of Reynolds’ departure two days ago, Zynga denied it to them (that’s how you say “lied” when writing a news story – Journalism Ed). But now they’ve finished writing their statement, so the truth escapes their strangled throats. President Of Games (which is quite the title) Steve Chiang told the angular site,
“Brian has a long history in the game industry and has been a great partner to the creative leaders at Zynga. I want to thank him for his leadership of the Zynga Baltimore studio in the design and development of FrontierVille, which brought many innovations to social gaming. We appreciate Brian’s contribution and we’re proud of the deep bench of creative leaders who are leading the next wave of game innovation at Zynga. We wish Brian the best in his next chapter.”
So what next for the Rex Nebular And The Cosmic Gender Bender developer? No one knows at this point, but he took to the Twitter to say “Back soon.” Countdown to a Rise Of Nations Kickstarter?