Crystal Dynamics Announces New Leadership Changes, Square Enix Western Development Head Steps Down

on December 16, 2015 10:45 AM

Square Enix and its subsidiary Crystal Dynamics have had a big year with the launch of successful and critically-acclaimed games such as Life is StrangeJust Cause 3, and Crystal Dynamics’ epic Rise of the Tomb Raider, though the companies shared some new information regarding leadership changes and some staff changes heading into the future.

In a blog post from Crystal Dynamics, the studio announced that long-time employees Scot Amos and Ron Rosenberg have been named as the new co-studio heads for Crystal Dynamics moving forward. As both are “seasoned Crystal Dynamics veterans” that have been with the studio for many years, the company explained that both Amos and Rosenberg “each bring a unique skill set and each will focus on owning different aspects of running a studio, while ultimately making all major decisions together.”

Crystal Dynamics explained that both Amos and Rosenberg  “took over a few months ago, and the transition has been seamless. Now that we have a bit of breathing room after the launch, we wanted to formally introduce them in their new role to all of you.”

Alongside the promotion of Amos and Rosenberg as the new co-studio heads for Crystal Dynamics, the company also revealed the departure of longtime Square Enix employee Darrell Gallagher from Square, after being with the company for more than 10 years.

Gallagher started with Crystal Dynamics back in November 2005 following previous work in art departments with Rockstar Games, THQ, and Sony, before eventually moving up to becoming the head of Crystal Dynamics in 2009, overseeing many of the studio’s most esteemed projects such as the critically acclaimed reboot of Tomb Raider, released in early 2013.

After serving for several years as Crystal Dynamics’ head, Gallagher eventually moved on to serve as Square Enix’s head of Product Development for the company’s Western-based studios, with Gallagher overseeing the majority of the studio’s biggest recent releases, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft GO, Life is Strange and Just Cause 3, while also overlooking the progress on upcoming titles Hitman and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Square Enix explained in a statement on Gallagher’s departure:

“Today Darrell Gallagher announced that he is moving on from Square Enix at the end of this year. Darrell became head of Crystal Dynamics back in 2009, led that studio to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, and for the last 3 years he has led our western studios.  I want to thank him for his tremendous effort and contribution to Square Enix, along with the amazing entertainment he has helped create.  I am sad to see him go but respect his decision and we should all celebrate the sheer blood, sweat and tears he has put into our company over the last 10 years! We are excited for him and his family on their next chapter.  We wish them the best of luck in the future.”

While there’s no word just yet on what Gallagher will be moving on to next, surely it will be something exciting and new following a particularly big year for Square Enix, and more on the horizon for the company.

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.