Patrick Söderlund has been with EA for several years, serving as CEO of DICE and later being promoted to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Studios at EA. In April 2018, he was promoted again to Chief Design Officer. As of today, we’ve learned that Patrick Söderlund is stepping down from EA. This news comes from a letter sent out to EA employees by EA CEO Andrew Wilson.
“Patrick has been a trusted business partner and a great friend, and his inspiring leadership has had an outstanding impact on EA. 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,” Andrew said of Patrick. He continued by saying that “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.”
According to Variety, no immediate successor for Patrick has been named. Patrick’s departure has also triggered changes within EA’s studio structure. Andrew Wilson talked about the upcoming changes, saying that “A few teams will move within our organization with this change. The SEED team led by Johan Andersson will join our studios group to continue driving advanced design and innovation at the leading edge of games. We’re deepening our focus on user experience, and welcoming Jason Wozencroft to our studios to lead a strong, unified UX approach for our games and services. And with new games and content playing a vital role in our networked future, the EA Originals and EA Partners teams led by Rob Letts will join our Strategic Growth group.”
Patrick Söderlund has been an influential force in EA for years. We’ll have to see where he goes from here. It’ll also be interesting to watch the changes for EA in the months following Patrick’s departure.