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Civilization 4 lead designer starts Mohawk Games

Soren Johnson, best known for being the lead designer on Civilization 4, has founded Mohawk Games through the Stardock Strategic Investment Fund. The founding of the studio was hinted at by Stardock CEO Brad Wardell earlier this year, who will serve as president of the company. Rounding out the...

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Stardock announces dev investment fund, showing two new games this year

Developer Stardock has announced the beginning of an investment fund to support up-and-coming developers. When Stardock sold distribution service Impulse to GameStop, it earned "some unprecedented opportunities," says CEO Brad Wardell. The fiscal boon will help "to keep Stardock small and invest in...

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Civ 4 lead's consulting gig at Stardock followed Zynga layoffs, still deciding his future

Soren Johnson, lead designer of Civilization 4, has clarified his role at Stardock following company CEO Brad Wardell's announcement his studio had secured Johnson "at least for a while, to oversee the design of all our games." Johnson tells Joystiq that Zynga's decision to shutter its Baltimore...

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Soren Johnson joins Stardock, 'at least for a while' [Update]

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...

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From Firaxis to Maxis: Civ IV designer leaves to work on Spore

Soren Johnson, lead designer for Civilization IV, has left his nearly seven-year gig at Firaxis to work on Will Wright's Spore. Johnson had previously worked with Spore publisher Electronic Arts when he interned there and programmed for the PlayStation titles Knockout Kings 2000 and 2001. The...

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Sid Meier, Soren Johnson on state of games

GameSpy spoke with industry luminary Sid Meier and Civilization IV co-designer Soren Johnson at DICE last month. The Firaxis dynamic duo weighed in on everything from the state of PC gaming to World of Warcraft to escalating game budgets. Here are some quick takes: Meier: "I think there are a lot...

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