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Square Enix's head of Western dev departs

Darrell Gallagher, who focuses on the company's Western-made games, like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Just Cause 3, is leaving after a decade; he also headed Crystal Dynamics.

Newsbrief: Square Enix's head of Head of Product Development and Western Studios, Darrell Gallagher, is leaving the company after 10 years. He was formerly the head of Crystal Dynamics, the San Francisco Bay Area-based developer of the Tomb Raider franchise. 

In the latter case, two staffers at the studio are stepping up to fill his shoes: Scot Amos and Ron Rosenberg are co-heading the studio, which released the latest game in the franchise as an Xbox One exclusive last month (ports are planned for Windows and PlayStation 4 in the new year.)

"Darrell became head of Crystal Dynamics back in 2009, led that studio to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, and for the last 3 years he has led our western studios. ... I am sad to see him go but respect his decision and we should all celebrate the sheer blood, sweat and tears he has put into our company over the last 10 years!" wrote Square Enix's Western territory CEO Phil Rogers, in a note to the company published on the official Tomb Raider blog. 

There's no word who will step into his role overseeing the company's Western-developed lineup, however. That includes titles like Just Cause 3, the Tomb Raider franchise, Hitman Go, and others. 

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