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Patrick Söderlund to leave EA

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EA's Chief Design Officer will remain at his post for a three-month transitionary period.

Electronic Arts Chief Design Officer Patrick Söderlund will leave the publisher after a transition period of three months.

CEO Andrew Wilson posted the news earlier today, thanking Söderlund for his service.

Söderlund joined EA after it acquired developer DICE in 2006, steadily moving from position to position within the publisher.

“As an integral part of the management team for many years – including as head of Worldwide Studios and, most recently, Chief Design Officer – he’s been an agent of change and transformation,” Wilson wrote.

“From his early vision for Frostbite, which has now become a cornerstone for our technology strategy, to being a champion for Players First experiences, Patrick has always ensured we put creative at the center of everything we do.  He has also been unwavering in his commitment to building our pipeline of amazing new games to come, and his fingerprints will be on the experiences that we bring to players well into the future.”

Söderlund’s replacement hasn’t been named, though EA has confirmed it will merge its EA Originals and EA Partners teams into its Strategic Growth Group as a result of his departure.