J.Todd Coleman Steps Down from KingsIsle and Wizard101 to Pursue New Project!
J. Todd Coleman, who was voted #1 in the Massive Online Gamer’s Top 20 Most Influential People list and is a board member on the MMO Hall of Fame Voting Committee recently posted this message on Facebook to all of his fans:
Goodbye, thank you, and a new beginning.
This update is going to be one of the hardest that I have written, so please hang with me as I try and get through it.
I have decided to leave KingsIsle and pursue my own course. This might sound crazy – and, full disclosure, it probably is – but it is something that I have to do.
What a fantastic experience this has been! As the creative lead of our games, and the first employee hired in Austin, I was in the unique position to watch this team blossom, and watch our games grow from niche titles to mainstream popularity. Wow! A handful of dreamers got together and turned an unknown start-up into the market leader for family online entertainment… That’s not something you see every day. I am blessed to have been able to play a role, and I know that I am leaving the company in capable hands. I have no doubt that the Spiral will continue to expand for many years.
What is next for me? I’m a storyteller, so I will keep doing what I do best – dream up ideas, breathe life into characters, build worlds for you to explore… only next time, I want to do it for myself. I’m an entrepreneur at heart. A new company, a new game, a new story… I’m not ready to say, but when I’ve got something to show, you guys will be the first to know.
I want to thank you for becoming a part of this community. Your patronage has allowed me to work with my best friends, and to entertain you, for almost a decade. You gave me a chance to build something, something unique and wonderful. These are more than games to me. I see these worlds when I sleep. I greet these characters like old friends.
These are the dreams that filled my childhood. I cannot tell you how fortunate I am, to have been given the chance to share them with you.
J. Todd Coleman
Everyone at the MMO Hall of Fame wishes Todd the very best on his new adventure. We know that he’s a brilliant guy and he’ll be amazing on his future project. We’ll be following you, Todd! Please keep us posted.