The Elder Scrolls Online creative director quits to join Gearbox

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"This Could Be You" reads the above image that was used to advertise new positions at Gearbox (opens in new tab)—but it's not you, in this instance, it's Paul Sage. Who's Paul Sage? Paul Sage was the creative director of The Elder Scrolls Online, but he's left just, mere weeks after the console launch of that game, to join Gearbox.

Obviously TESO isn't suddenly going to collapse and shut up shop, but it's not an encouraging sign for the MMO that recently went free-to-play. As Eurogamer (opens in new tab) note, TESO's lead gameplay designer Nicholas Konkle left the team back in April, to join LoL developers Riot Games.

Is Sage going to be working on Borderlands 3? And if so, does that mean it will feature more MMO elements? We could speculate all day. Meanwhile, TESO continues to be updated (opens in new tab)—and it's come on a long way (opens in new tab) since launch.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.