PlayStation Studio developer Bend Studio recently lost veteran talent in Days Gone game director Jeff Ross and writer/director John Garvin, who spoke of an internal conflict over what Bend Studio would do next. It looks like Ross is casting his spell elsewhere, having announced his move to Square Enix developer Crystal Dynamics following the latter’s announcement of a new Tomb Raider game in the works for Unreal Engine 5.
Jeff Ross has announced his move to Crystal Dynamics as the new Design Director, while taking over a number of vacant positions. via his personal Twitter on April 5, 2022. Ross previously held various positions at PlayStation Studios since the mid-1990s, where Bend Studio was previously known as Eidetic. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a conflict over what Bend Studio was working on. For example, the team was interested in pursuing a Days Gone 2, but Sony passed on the idea and Bend Studio was regulated to help work on The Last of Us franchise. by Ross and Garvin.
I am delighted to announce that I am now working for the amazing Crystal Dynamics as Design Director. That’s all I can say other than I’m thrilled with the project, and especially the team of really great people.
I will become a Seattleite this summer.
Also–Come work with me! https://t.co/HjDFIFk7MF
—Jeff Ross (@JakeRocket) April 5, 2022
Ross’ move to Crystal Dynamics comes with a major studio announcement. Today Crystal Dynamics announced that they are actively working on a new Tomb Raider with Unreal Engine 5 as the basis. It’s unclear if Ross will jump straight into work on the project. However, Crystal Dynamics also announced a number of alleged job openings related to the project.
Nonetheless, with Ross on board, Crystal Dynamics gains a major veteran in the gaming industry with decades of PlayStation experience behind it. As Ross and Crystal Dynamics begin working together on the studio’s future in Unreal Engine 5, stay tuned for more updates and reveals right here at Shacknews. We’ll share more about the new Tomb Raider as details become available.