Day 1 Studios grabs key Microsoft Game Studios exec

Jon Kimmich hops from Microsoft to a key Xbox partner

Jogn Kimmich has announced that he will be leaving the company to join Day 1 Studios. 1 Studios is known for their game, MechAssault, which is already working on a next-generation title for Xbox 2. Kimmich's big priority will be leading the dev team for the next generation console titles.

Before joining Day 1, Kimmich spent over 15 years at Microsoft, and his involvement at Microsoft Game Studios has included helping in the establishment of Gas Powered Games and Big Huge Games, spearheading the acquisition of FASA Interactive and Bungie, and securing intellectual property and development talent prior to the launch of the Xbox.

"I am one of those lucky people whose hobby and career are the same," commented Kimmich on his new role. "I've always admired Day 1's talented staff, their commitment to product quality and their management style. Together we can produce some extraordinary results, sure to impress both our publishing partners and our loyal gaming fan base."

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