Media Moleculestudy behind a Little Big Planet, Tearaway e Dreamshe named John Beech as the new creative director.
The new creative director, who replaces the main designer, will assume the role previously held by the co-founder of the team Mark Healeywho left the Sony-owned studio last month.
Beech began working at the Guildford, UK studio in 2009 when he became one of Media Molecule’s growing number of developers hired directly from the communities that play its gamesfocusing heavily on user-generated content.
“John, for example, he is a bricklayer by tradewas not a game developer, but iHis work was so good at LBP that we hired him,” Media Molecule community manager Tom Dent told VGC.
Healey’s departure from Media Molecule was confirmed a week after the studio announced it was ending support for Dreams, which was released in early access in April 2019 ahead of its official launch in February 2020.
In an article posted on the game’s official website, the studio explained that it has “made the difficult decision to discontinue live support for Dreams after September 1, 2023 to shift our focus to an exciting new project.”
“We are like that excited that John will guide us on our new journey here at the studio!” has tweeted Media Molecule.
“I could not be more honored to take on the role of Creative Director of Media Molecule,” he said Beech.
“They are hands down some of the most incredibly creative people I’ve ever had the privilege to know. I will do my best to make them and the Mm community proud!”.