Dave Roberts leaving the company after joining in 2005.
PopCap Games has been responsible for some of the most outright fun and immensely successful properties of last year including Peggle 2 and Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time. This was thanks to CEO Dave Roberts, who joined the company in 2005 and recently announced that he will be retiring. Co-founder Jason Kapalka will also be leaving the studio (though still working as a creative consultant) as fellow founder John Vechey takes over as GM.
In a statement for the same, Vechey stated that, “We wish Dave all the best. When Dave joined PopCap, we needed a business leader to help us bring structure to our creative chaos and set us on a sustainable path. He has made a huge mark on PopCap, and we thank deeply him for it as he embraces his new adventure. I continue to be the most passionate believer in PopCap, and I’m excited and honored about taking over as PopCap.
Vechey also stated that the company needed “to get back to the place where we used to be and not just in mobile” and has revealed that, “We have under-invested in new IP. Getting more new IP out per year is the goal. We want to formalize the creative process and get it to scale better.”
As of now, PopCap Games is working on Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, releasing on February 18th in North America and February 20th in Europe for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.