Kelle Santiago leaves thatgamecompany

Co-founder exits as the studio begins work on new game

Kelle Santiago, co-founder and co-president of Journey, Flower and Flow developer thatgamecompany, has confirmed she has left the studio to seek new challenges.


The release of Journey completes thatgamecompany's three game exclusivity deal with Sony, and Santiago's departures comes as the studio begins work on a new title.

"After doing these three games, I think it was a really great opportunity for all of us to look at what we've learned and what I've taken from that experience, and go forth and take it into new arenas," Santiago told Gamasutra.

"On top of that, founding a company whose explicit goal was to do new types of game development really allowed me to be able to try out new processes for game development, to try out new ideas."

Though she may have left the studio, Santiago took the opportunity to say it was in safe hands with co-founder and creative director Jenova Chen.

"So much of my work at thatgamecompany was really supporting Jenova's visions for the types of games he wanted to make, and I felt like I have done everything I needed to do there, and that he's in a great place now to go on and continue with some of the other people at thatgamecompany, to take that to a whole new height."

thatgamecompany wished its recently departed co-president all the best in her future endeavours.

"While we want to continue the path of thatgamecompany, Kellee has found a new direction in her career. Though our path in the future may be different, as TGC begins our next project, we wish Kellee a good journey and that our paths may cross again."

Other key staff members are also expected to leave the studio soon and Santiago suggested future announcements are 'likely'.

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