After a successful Kickstarter, Fallout 76 is finally here. Just a couple of days ago, the Fallout 76 development team lead by Jeff Gardiner announced he would be leaving Bethesda to join a startup venture. In a post on his Tumblr account, Gardiner stated, “I have been working for more than a year at Fallout 76, and I have been having a lot of fun doing so with a team of amazing and talented people. However, I am ready for a change and want to explore new opportunities. So, I am making a change and am leaving Bethesda Studios to explore different opportunities with a new, stealth startup.”
Bethesda’s studio director Jeff Gardiner has left the studio after one year on the job, Bethesda recently announced. He will be replaced by Pete Hines, who serves as PR and marketing director at the publisher. The studio also hired a new director of art and technology and a new director of production and technology.
After nearly 16 years of working on Bethesda Game Studios’ biggest releases, Fallout 76 Project Lead Jeff Gardiner has announced his retirement.
Gardiner began his career working on The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion before becoming the main producer for the game’s DLC. He worked as a producer on Fallout 3, including as the main producer on the game’s DLC, before becoming a senior producer on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the studio’s most successful title.
He was the main producer on Fallout 4 before taking on the project lead position for Fallout 76. On Twitter, Gardiner announced his resignation from Bethesda Game Studios, calling his tenure there “an incredible journey.” He then clarified that his resignation was “100% my decision” in a follow-up tweet.
“Jeff and I have been tag teaming on every BGS game since Fallout 3 for those who don’t know. We were always completely in sync when it came to finishing our games and providing spectators with the experiences they deserved. Brother, your adventure has just just begun. However, you are already being missed “In reaction to Gardiner’s statement, Design Director Emil Pagliarulo tweeted.
Gardiner went on to say that he had “no imminent plans” and would take “some time to think” before deciding on his next move.
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My time at BGS is coming to a close. From producing the designers on #Oblivion, #Fallout3, and #Skyrim to Lead Producer on #Fallout4, and ultimately Project Lead on #Fallout76, it’s been an incredible journey. I’ll miss my coworkers and want to express my gratitude to the incredible fans. Keep an eye out for updates. pic.twitter.com/EkXbOZH7Gs
— @jg93 (Jeff Gardiner) 26th of August, 2021