Studio head and founder of Mafia 3 developer Hanger 13, Haden Blackman, is stepping down from the company and 2K after seven years.
Blackman will be replaced by Nick Baynes, who has over 30 years of industry leadership experience and joined Hanger 13 in 2018 to found Hanger 13 Brighton. He was responsible for launching Mafia: Definitive Edition and the Mafia trilogy.
Blackman spent his early years in game development at LucasArts and was a producer on Star Wars: Galaxies, project lead on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and more. He also wrote several Star Wars comics, including Jango Fett: Open Seasons, Star Wars: Starfighter, and Darth Vader & The Ghost Prison.
While Blackman’s next move hasn’t been disclosed, 2K said he’s leaving the company to “pursue his passion for a new endeavor.”
2K shared the internal announcement of Blackman’s departure with IGN, which expressed 2K’s gratitude for “Haden’s leadership in establishing Hangar 13, building and uniting teams in Novato, Brighton and the Czech Republic, and releasing several studio-defining mafia games and – Collections”.
“Hello Team, It is with mixed feelings that I share some leadership updates from Hangar 13,” reads 2K’s internal announcement. “Haden Blackman is stepping down as studio head of Hangar 13, leaving the company to pursue his passion with a new endeavor.
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