Mafia 3 Dev Hangar 13 founder steps down, leaves 2K

Mafia 3 Dev Hangar 13 founder steps down, leaves 2K

Mafia 3 Dev Hangar 13 founder steps down, leaves 2K


Haden Blackman, founder of Mafia 3 and Mafia: Definitive Edition developer Hangar 13, is stepping down as studio head and is leaving parent company 2K, it has been revealed. Nick Baines will take over as the new head of Hangar 13.

“It is with mixed feelings that I share with you several leadership updates for Hangar 13,” read a memo shared internally by 2K leadership. “Haden Blackman will be stepping down as head of Hangar 13 studios and leaving the company to Pursuing his passion for his new venture. We thank Haden for his leadership in building Hangar 13, building and uniting teams in Novato, Brighton and the Czech Republic, and releasing multiple studio-defining mafia games and collections.

“What Haden helped build will continue to thrive for years to come. We support all of our employees who pursue their passions and we wish him the best of luck in his upcoming career. Nick Baynes, head of studio at Hangar 13 Brighton, will take over as studio at Hangar 13 principal.

“With 30 years of industry leadership, Nick joined Hangar 13 in 2018 to build Hangar 13 Brighton, and over the past four years has grown the team, built the studio’s capabilities, and launched projects like Mafia: Definitive Edition. and Mafia trilogy. I hope you join me in thanking Harden and wishing him well, and congratulating Nick on a well-deserved promotion. While change can be challenging, it can also breed new opportunity and success. We believe in the studio’s generous work on multiple projects currently underway, and the team has the full support of 2K.”

The formation of Hangar 13 was revealed in 2014, with the confirmation that LucasArts veteran Blackman would lead the studio. At the time, the team was developing a AAA game using proprietary technology. That game was 2016’s Mafia 3, and its launch was mixed, but mostly positive. After that, Hangar 13 worked on a 2020 remake of the original Mafia. receive a commission from retail offers.

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