Asher Vollmer, who was a game designer at thatgamecompany for ten months, has confirmed that he’s left the company this week. Speaking on his own personal blog, Vollmer has decided to go independent and do his own thing.
“My friends, family, and even the entirety of TGC have been nothing but kind and supportive,” he said. “I can’t reiterate enough how lucky I am to be surrounded by a loving network of people who believe in me and what I’m capable of. I am eternally grateful.”
But he did set up some initial discussion on thatgamecompany’s next title.
“The New Game they’re making isn’t just something that you can casually abandon,” he said. “Obviously I can’t divulge any details about it, but… It’s going to be huge. And I don’t mean it’s going to be a long sprawling game, I mean it’s going to be an IMPORTANT game.”
“I genuinely believe it’s going to change the industry in a really positive way.”
“The Game is going to be incredible, but it is moving slowly,” he continued to tease. “There are YEARS remaining on the project and, quite frankly, those are years I don’t want to give up for a game that isn’t truly mine.”
TGC’s last game, Journey, won pretty much every award it was up for last year. It does not, as the wicked April Fools video above indicates, have a rocket deathmatch mode.