Donald Mustard, the Chief Creative Officer at Epic Games, is retiring and leaving the company this month after being an instrumental part of making the popular battle royale shooter Fortnite into what it is today.
“I have enjoyed nearly 25 years in the game industry collaborating with some of the most talented people ever, and I am so proud of what we have made together,” Mustard said on X (formerly Twitter).
Mustard notably created ChAIR—where he and his team made Undertow, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade trilogy. Later, ChAIR was acquired by Epic Games in 2008.
After years of work and becoming the worldwide creative director of Epic Games in 2016, Fortnite was launched—and it, of course, became a classic—and is still massively popular as both an esport and a casual online multiplayer game.
“I am especially proud of the opportunity I’ve had to help create and shape Fortnite,” Mustard said.
He added: “I am humbled to have been a part of the team that every day tries to bring ‘joy and delight’ to the Fortnite community! We love watching you experience every moment - leaping from the Battle Bus for the very first time, seeing the rocket crack open the sky, dancing with friends after a Victory Royale, being sucked into a black hole, or being washed out to sea as The Island flipped over - and on and on!”
Fortnite is a game that has grown in both scope and appeal over the years, and the game has had its fair share of updates since its launch—from launching the no-build mode to recently switching over to Epic’s Unreal Engine 5.
“I’m excited to spend time with my wife and family and am forever grateful for @TimSweeneyEpic and the Epic Games family,” he said as an ending remark.