Former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez is now CEO of Dungeon Defenders 2 developer Trendy Entertainment, the studio announced today on the game’s official website.
“I am here to empower the developers at Trendy to achieve their amazing vision, technology, and creativity,” Rodriguez wrote in a post on the Dungeon Defenders 2 blog. “I am here so we can continue to build games you will love and create technology that will empower other independent developers to take their games to a place they could not have otherwise gone. Like everyone at Trendy, I am a big believer in collaborating with you, our community. So I’m also here to build systems to empower, to better listen to you and to make your input a reality in the games we make.”
At the end of his post, Rodriguez asked fans to offer their thoughts on using Kickstarter “not to fund a game, but to grow and expand one,” citing new features and content created through crowdfunding available to all.
Rodriguez joined LucasArts in 2008 after working for Electronic Arts as an assistant chief operating officer at EA Canada and chief operating officer at EA Los Angeles. At LucasArts, some of the games he oversaw the releases of include Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Dungeon Defenders 2 was announced shortly before PAX East 2013, where it appeared in playable beta form. Dungeon Defenders 2 was also at this year’s PAX East. The free-to-play co-op third-person tower defense game is slated for soft launch this spring.