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WB Games hires David Hewitt to be studio head of Monolith Productions

Warner Bros. Games has hired former Sony Santa Monica executive David Hewitt to run Monolith Productions.

Bryant Francis, Senior Editor

September 16, 2021

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Three characters from Monlith Productions' games stand behind the word "Monolith."

Warner Bros. Games has hired former Sony Santa Monica executive David Hewitt to run Monolith Productions.

Hewitt will be directing studio strategy for the studio most recently responsible for the Lord of the Rings-inspired Middle-earth series. Both Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War saw critical and commercial success with the debut of the Nemesis system.

The Nemesis system (which was recently patented by Warner Bros) allowed players to encounter a unique set of procedurally generated Orc foes in each playthrough of the game. Said orcs would engage in duels with each other, react to the player's victories, and advance in rank if they managed to kill the player.

Hewitt himself comes from the world of game design, having started his career as a game designer at Ratbag Games before becoming a lead designer and creative director at Tantalus Media.

Warner Bros. seems to have taken a renewed interest in its interactive entertainment division, which for a short period of time was being floated for sale to parties like Microsoft. It has since taken the division off the market.

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Bryant Francis

Senior Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Bryant Francis is a writer, journalist, and narrative designer based in Boston, MA. He currently writes for Game Developer, a leading B2B publication for the video game industry. His credits include Proxy Studios' upcoming 4X strategy game Zephon and Amplitude Studio's 2017 game Endless Space 2.

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