Fallout 76 Project Lead Jeff Gardiner has announced his departure from Bethesda Game Studios, after almost 16 years spent working on the developer's major releases.
Gardiner first worked on The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, before taking on the role of lead producer for its DLC. He was a producer on Fallout 3, lead producer on the game's DLC, before serving as senior producer on what's likely the studio's most popular title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Prior to taking on the project lead role for Fallout 76, he worked on Fallout 4 as lead producer. Gardiner announced his departure from Bethesda Game Studios on Twitter, describing his time at the studio as "an amazing ride." In a follow-up tweet, he explained that his departure was "100% my choice."
"For those not in the know, Jeff and I have tag teamed on every BGS game since Fallout 3. We were always totally synced on getting our games done, and giving fans the experiences they deserved. Your journey's just beginning, brother. But you are already missed," Design Director Emil Pagliarulo tweeted in response to Gardiner's announcement.
Gardiner added that he has "no immediate plans right now" and will take "some time to reflect" before deciding what his next step will be.
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My time at BGS has come to an end. It has been an amazing ride, from producing the Designers on #Oblivion, #Fallout3, and #Skyrim, to Lead Producer of #Fallout4, and finally Project Lead of #Fallout76. I will miss my co-workers and want to thank the amazing fans. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/EkXbOZH7Gs— Jeff Gardiner 🎮🤘 (@jg93) August 26, 2021