The 'other' David Ortiz, the EA veteran who worked his way up the ranks to lead producer of Madden
for Xbox 360 and PS3, has left EA Tiburon, reports 1UP
. While inside sources cite "family reasons" for Ortiz's departure, rumor 'round the water cooler tells of a growing fracture between Ortiz and the mysterious inner workings of the studio. (We can totally see how ordering the peons to copy/paste game code from year to year could lead to, um, dissatisfaction
.) "David's been a valuable part of our team at EA Tiburon, and we wish him the best," EA said in a statement.
Thankfully, one man's loss is another's gain, and Tiburon producer Phil Frazier will
move into the batter's box
, take over as lead for Madden NFL 09
– Frazier most recently struck out as a developer for the ill-received NFL Tour