Jhony Ljungstedt, art director at EA DICE on titles such as Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Battlefield V, has departed the company to join Retro Studios, home of Metroid Prime 4. This news comes by way of a goodbye post from Ljungstedt on LinkedIn after 12 years with DICE, where he expresses the following:
Today was my last day at DICE and it’s with mixed feelings I’m leaving something that’s been part of my life for such a long time. It’s been great journey and I feel privileged to have got the chance to work with all the talented people at DICE, you will all be missed… Now I’m ready for a new chapter in my life, and looking forward to my new journey at Retro Studios.
Ljungstedt has not even updated his LinkedIn profile to say that he has left DICE or joined Retro Studios yet, so his precise role and the projects he will be working on are still unknown. It’s possible the veteran EA art director will hop into development of Metroid Prime 4, which is certainly the studio’s prize pig at the moment, or he could be working on other unannounced projects. Alternatively, he could be doing both! This is surely an exciting time for Jhony Ljungstedt, a man with a delightful name that I couldn’t possibly guess how to say correctly.
Metroid Prime 4 news has been slim lately, but we know Kyle Hefley, who designed Master Chief for Halo 5 at 343 Industries, joined Retro as Prime 4’s lead character artist this past fall. Slowly but surely, a stellar team is assembling at Retro Studios to create some big things.