Stardock hires Civilization V lead designer and respected sci-fi author to work on Elemental


Stardock today announced that they have hired Jon Shafer, the Lead Designer on Civilization V, and that he will be working on saving the troubled Elemental: War of Magic before starting up his own project within the company. Stardock have also hired fantasy and science fiction author Dave Stern to work on storytelling across all of Stardock's games.

Jon Shafer recently parted ways with Firaxis after finishing work on Civilization V, and will be joining Stardock to help out with the game's rehabilitiation and future expansions. After that he's set to start his own stand alone project, of which no details have yet been announced.

Dave Stern may be familiar to many as the author of several Star Trek books, and the man behind novelisations of Tomb Raider and the Blair Witch Project. He'll be casting a writer's eye over the storytelling in Stardock's projects, starting with Elemental: War of Magic

This is pretty great news for Elemental, which recently received it's first major update since launch, and is still being heavily worked on behind the scenes as Stardock try and overcome the game's disappointing release . For more information check out our Elemental: War of Magic review , and our updated impressions collected after patch 1.1.

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Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.