Haden Blackman, studio head and founder of Mafia 3 developer Hanger 13, is leaving the company and 2K after seven years.
Blackman will be replaced by Nick Baynes, who has 30 years of industry leadership experience and joined Hanger 13 in 2018 to launch 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 served as a producer on Star Wars: Galaxies, project manager on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and more. He has also written several Star Wars comics, including Jango Fett: Open Seasons, Star Wars: Starfighter, and Darth Vader and the Phantom Prison.
Although Blackman’s next move has not been revealed, 2K said he is leaving the company to “pursue his passion in a new venture.”
2K shared the internal announcement of Blackman’s departure with IGN, which shares 2K’s gratitude for “Haden’s leadership in creating Hangar 13, building and uniting teams in Novato, Brighton and Czech, and the release of several studio-defining Mafia games and collections”.
“Hello team, it is with mixed emotions that I share with you several leadership updates from Hangar 13,” reads 2K’s internal announcement. “Haden Blackman is stepping down as studio head of Hangar 13 and leaving the company to pursue his passion in a new project.
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