In a blow to the iPhone game community, Veteran games developer Graeme Devine is leaving his lead position at Apple. Gamers familiar with Halo Wars and its creator Ensemble Studios should be well-acquainted with the name Graeme Devine. Devine was a lead developer and lead writer for Halo Wars who joined Apple when Ensemble Studios was disbanded in early 2009. Devine was an integral member of Apple's elite iPhone Game Technologies division which was dedicated to improving the gaming experience on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Devine was reportedly influential in his role as iOS game guru and helped create the gamer-friendly environment that is helping to drive the growth of Apple's portable devices.
In an interview with Kotaku, Devine describes his life at Apple and the reasons for his leaving, Devine seemed to enjoy his position at Apple, he describes the people at Apple as "the smartest and most talented group of people I have ever worked with" and adds that he "loved my time, the people, and the platform I worked on at Apple." Though many would give an arm and a leg to be in his position, Devine is itching to get back to his roots as a game developer. He is a self-described "game designer that wants to make games." Apple and its fans will still benefit from this veteran developer as Devine will now focus on creating games for iOS and Mac OS X. Devine's first game, a Mac desktop title, is already in development. Though he is not providing any details, Devine did release a teaser picture, shown below, to whet our appetites.