Firaxis' Civilization IV
lead designer Soren Johnson has left the company after nearly seven years, reportedly be returning to Electronic Arts to join the cross-platform development team creating Spore
According to a post
fan-site Apolyton, Johnson left the company as of April 2nd to return to EA, where he previously interned on the Knockout Kings
franchise programming teams, to work with the publisher's Spore
group in an unspecified role.
According to various sources, including a panel
from E3 2006, Johnson had been working on an original IP at Firaxis -- no word has yet emerged on what his departure means for the yet unannounced title.
Gamasutra has requested more information on the departure from Firaxis and Electronic Arts and will update with details as they become available.