Gears 5 Multiplayer Designer Departs The Coalition Due To "Personal Issues"

Following the release of the free Operation 3: Gridiron update for Gears 5 yesterday, the game's Multiplayer Design Director Ryan Cleven has announced he's leaving developer The Coalition due to "personal issues", indicating that the past six years have "taken a toll".

Cleven announced this via Twitter, where he also commented that Gears 4 and 5 have been the highlight of his development career so far. You can see the full statement in the tweet below:

Cleven stated that due to the departure of his mentor Rod Fergusson from The Coalition, it gave him the opportunity to re-evaluate his priorities. Fergusson left The Coalition to join Blizzard as the head of Diablo earlier this year, suggesting it was "time for a new adventure".

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