Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer, who helped Fortnite succeed, is leaving. Donald Mustard announced on Twitter today that he will be “retiring” later this month. He’s “forever grateful to [founder] Tim Sweeney and the Epic Games family” and looks forward to spending time with his wife and family, so there’s no drama.
Chair Entertainment, founded by Mustard in 2005, was a huge success with Shadow Complex and the mobile-based Infinity Blade trilogy. After Epic Games bought it, Mustard became a key figure in Fortnite’s global success.
He wrote, “I am humbled to have been a part of the team that every day tries to bring ‘joy and delight’ to the Fortnite community.” “We love watching you jump from the Battle Bus for the first time, see the rocket explode, dance with friends after a Victory Royale, be sucked into a black hole or washed out to sea as The Island flipped over, and more. I can’t wait to play Fortnite with you in the future!”
Mustard teased that the Battle Royale will have “huge, jaw-dropping, amazing things”—but he wasn’t going to say anything else, was he? Mustard’s absence will be felt, but we think he’s made enough money in the past five years to last a lifetime. Don, enjoy retirement!