Those of you who bemoan the continued awoxing of CCP by Electronic Arts have been given another piece of ammo: Rouge is an 11-year EA veteran. His credits include several of the annual sports games that EA is known for. Rouge specialized in the soccer- and basketball-related ones. He was then lead designer for Boogie, a Wii party game (something I'm sure he'd rather forget) before being promoted to Executive Producer at EA and placed in charge of Need for Speed World. Since then, CCP reports that he's worked on a couple of F2P Battlefield-related titles, Battlefield: Play4free and Battlefield Heroes.
About NFSW, Rouge said this:
As an example, one of our users created an awesome post where he compiled all the feedback from the community so far. It's 125 lines of consolidated suggestions and he's linking each question to the user who posted the idea. I can tell you that it's in our creative director and designers' hands every day. I call that cloud designing.and this:
I find it really funny that to have fun in a game you have to lock yourself in your parent's basement and grind, grind grind, you know? Of course, we want these players too – they're awesome – but these guys will probably not be interested in the Boost economy, they'll just play the game hardcore.I'd say he's got an interesting future ahead of him here. ;-)
Given that Rouge is the DUST EP rather than the EVE EP, it seems unlikely I'll have more to say about this hire, but I'll keep an eye out just the same. I do feel sad that an opportunity has been missed. Had he chosen "Rogue" as his CCP name, we could all make jokes about mutants whose power is to steal the powers of other mutants... Ah well.
Good luck in your new position, Rouge!