Three high-level members of Metroid Prime
developer Retro Studios
have left the company. Design director Mark Pacini, art director Todd Keller, and technology engineer Jack Mathews' last day at the Austin-based, Nintendo-owned developer was Friday. Shacknews speculates that the three are going to start a new company, which is certainly more likely than the three of them simultaneously tiring of game development.
Retro's last released project was, of course, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption,
after which Pacini said
the company would be working on non-Metroid
projects. Apparently, even that
wasn't enough change for these three -- or they just feared for the condition of their tea tables
(Yes, the title is a Super Metroid reference and not a Metroid Prime reference. Close enough.