Soren Johnson, who you may remember as Civilization 4
's lead designer, has joined Stardock
to oversee the design of the developer's entire line of upcoming titles.
"We've brought on board someone many of you know – Soren Johnson (designer of Civilization IV
) who has come to Stardock, at least for awhile, to oversee the design of all our games," Stardock CEO Brad Wardell said on his company's official forums
. "I think his impact on our upcoming (think 2014/2015/2016) will be pretty obvious."
Up until now, Johnson (not pictured above
) had maintained his post at Zynga as design director, after joining the company in September of 2011. Prior to that, Johnson spent over four years as a lead designer and programmer at Electronic Arts, working
on such games as Spore
. We've reached out to Stardock for more information about Johnson's role in the company, and what the temporary qualifier in the announcement may signify, if anything.Update:
A Stardock representative has clarified to Joystiq that Soren Johnson is only working as a consultant at the developer, and is not on staff. Joystiq has contacted Johnson for clarification on his position at Zynga.