EA Loses Another Key RTS Executive (PC)
Mark Skaggs on leave of absence; Red Alert 3 in limbo.
By John Keefer | March 7, 2005
Mark Skaggs, one of the few final holdovers from Electronic Arts' acquisition of Westwood Studios, has left the company for an undisclosed amount of time to spend more time with his family.
Skaggs, who was vice president and executive producer in charge of all RTS products and strategy at EA, recently announced that his team was working on a new game in the Red Alert universe. However, the status of that project is up in the air, with rumors from a few inside sources saying that the game has actually been shelved.
A spokesperson at EA confirmed that Skaggs was on leave, but had no comment on the Red Alert game since the game was never officially announced, other than Skaggs' email to various C&C fans and sites.
The revelation that Skaggs was gone comes on the heels of the departure of Battle for Middle-earth game design director Dustin Browder leaving for Blizzard. Skaggs was also heavily involved in that project and often was the main spokesperson for the game on the development side.
Both Browder and Skaggs were key components of the team that developed C&C Generals and Red Alert 2 and the related expansion packs.
There are some rumblings from inside EA that the C&C universe will still continue even if the proposed Red Alert title is indeed shelved. We'll stay on top of the story and bring you more information as it becomes available.