God of War 2 director Cory Barlog joins Crystal Dynamics

Cory Barlog, who served as writer and director for God of War 2, as well as "story creator" for Ghost of Sparta and creative director for Chains of Olympus, has joined Crystal Dynamics to work on its forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot and "a yet to be announced new title."

Its unclear what this transition may mean for Barlog's Mad Max project, which was reportedly in production at Avalanche Studios. "I can't comment on our project, but all I can say is that the projects we've been working on for the last two years and the one we recently started up in NY are sailing along like never before," said Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg in a statement to Eurogamer.

This either means that Mad Max is continuing without Barlog at Avalanche Studios, or that it was never there to begin with. Either way, we're looking forward to seeing what kind of vengeful, face-painting influence Barlog has on Lara Croft's future, and whether his presence at Crystal Dynamics could finally lead to Gex of War.
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Crystal Dynamics hires GOD OF WAR Director
Cory Barlog

Redwood City, CA (March 2nd 2012) - Crystal Dynamics®, a Square Enix® studio, announces today that it has hired industry veteran Cory Barlog to its development team.

Best known for his work on the God of War® series where he served as director on God of War, Writer/Director for God of War 2, creative director for Chains of Olympus and story creator for Ghost of Sparta. Since leaving Sony, Cory has worked on a variety of projects around the industry as a consultant, designer, and writer.

He joins an expanding cast of industry talent at the San Francisco-based studio, who between them are working on the upcoming reimagining of Tomb Raider® and a yet to be announced new title.

"Crystal has pulled together some of the best teams in the industry to deliver against upcoming projects and future IP," says Darrell Gallagher, head of studio. "Cory's heritage in building industry-defining action adventure titles, together with our focus on delivering quality character-driven blockbuster entertainment, makes Cory a tremendously exciting addition to the team."



About Square Enix Ltd.

Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 59 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.