He says there's "room to explore, take risk" and make new "creative niche IPs" at Paradox Interactive. Van Dyke is on Paradox's secret Project Postman.
Why did the former Battlefield lead leave the EA umbrella? "During my time back in California, I married my girlfriend from Sweden and we had a baby. We decided it was best to raise her in Sweden," revealed Gordon Van Dyke, the family man.
A friend of Paradox boss Fred Wester put him in contact with Van Dyke whilst he was moving out to Sweden. "I got an email from a friend introducing me to Gordon. Two days later he was hired," said Wester. The former EA executive appears to love his new job.
Working at Paradox "offers me more room to explore, take risk, and work on creative niche IPs," he said, adding that it's a "win/win for me and Paradox."
Van Dyke is already working on Project Postman joined by Lead & Gold's Fatshark team. "He will be heavily involved in Postman, which is a multiplayer-centric game," said CEO Wester. "His expertise will help raise the bar in terms of quality and player experience."
Paradox may soon be heading for console development as "nowadays almost half of our development -- most of the people we've hired in the past year -- have console experience," teased Wester. Producer Van Dyke is also attached to "several other titles."
Ex-Battlefield boss Gordon Van Dyke joins Paradox Interactive
02 June 2011 | By Simon Priest